M&M News and Products
Canadian Softwood Lumber
Imports Face More Tariffs
n June, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced
additional tariffs on four Canadian companies that
export softwood lumber to the U.S. The move could
raise the cost of moulding and millwork products in
The duties, which range from 4.59 to 7.72 percent, are
being applied to Canfor, Resolute, Tolko and West Fraser.
All other Canadian softwood lumber exporters will pay a
rate of 6.87 percent.
Canada supplies about a third of the lumber needed in
The announcement comes in the wake of countervail-
ing duties placed on Canadian softwood lumber imports
in April. Those tariffs ranged from 3.02 percent to 24.12
percent and were levied against ﬁve Canadian timber
Canfor Corporation, Canadian
Forest Products Ltd., and Canfor
Wood Products Marketing Ltd.
Resolute FP Canada Inc.
Tolko Marketing and Sales Ltd.
and Tolko Industries Ltd.
West Fraser Mill Ltd.
Source: U.S Department of Commerce
Additionally, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
producers (Canfor, J.D. Irving, Resolute, Tolko and West announced that softwood lumber products produced in
Fraser). Other companies in Canada were to pay a tariff of the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and
9.88 percent. Combined countervailing and anti-dump- Prince Edward Island could be excluded from the tariffs. A
ing duties for Canadian imports now range from 17.41 ﬁnal determination on all countervailing and anti-dump-
percent to 30.88 percent.
ing duties is expected by September 6.
MMPA Fall Plant Tours Put Education in Focus
The Moulding & Millwork Producers Association (MMPA)
Later that day, David Stallcop from Universal Forest
will hold its fall plant tours and education program Products will present his keynote address, “Wood Products
September 10-14 in Sacramento, Calif., and the organiza- Innovation in the Global Marketplace.” Stallcop’s session
tion is encouraging suppliers, retail distributors and man- will be followed by a tabletop reception.
ufacturers in the industry to attend—particularly if they
work in management.
On Tuesday, September 12, the MMPA tour moves to
the OrePac Building Products plant. After another round of
We’re going to be focused on that plant manager or productivity information exchanges, there will be an edu-
operational-type personnel,” said Bob Goin, a technical cational session on planning for the loss of key managerial
sales representative-industrial wood with Axalta Coating and technical talent within an organization. That will be
Systems who serves as the spokesperson for the plant tours. followed by another tabletop reception.
key manufacturers out here.”
Basically, what we’re re-doing is focusing on some of the
On Wednesday, September 13, an industry roundtable
breakfast will be held at the headquarters hotel. After
The event begins on Sunday, September 10 with two another round of productivity information exchanges,
optional activities — a golf outing or a day shooting sporting attendees will depart for Anderson and Redding, Calif.,
clays. Then, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., registration will be to tour Sierra Paciﬁc’s facilities in that area. It’s about 2.5
held at the Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown Arena.
hours north of Sacramento. Separate hotel reservations are
On Monday, September 11, attendees will tour a nearby required, and attendees must secure these on their own.
Masonite facility and the El and El Wood Products plant. Attendees must also set up their own travel for this part
After lunch, attendees will gather for the ﬁrst of the week’s of the event.
productivity information exchanges. In these sessions,
On Thursday, September 14, attendees will spend the day
attendees will be given a private educational consultation touring Sierra Paciﬁc’s plants and forestlands in Northern
with a vendor based on topics they’ve expressed interest in. California.
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