United States - Preliminary Determination with Respect to Certain Softwood Lumber from Canada: What is a Subsidy?

Horn, Henrik ; Mavroidis, Petros C.

In: World Trade Review, 2005, vol. 4, no. S1, p. 220-247

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    In August 2001, the United States Department of Commerce (USDOC) issued a preliminary determination that Canadian schemes for allocating standing timber to private harvesters - "stumpage” programs - provided countervailable subsidies to Canadian softwood lumber producers. It also preliminarily determined that critical circumstances existed in the US softwood lumber industry, caused by Canadian imports. Provisional measures were imposed on the basis of a preliminary subsidy rate of 19.31 percent, applicable to all producers/exporters, and applied to all entries of softwood lumber from Canada