U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross Says Canadian Trade Threats ‘Inappropriate’
U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross and the Trump administration says it won’t be swayed by trade threats from the Canadian government, after the northern neighbour warned it could start targeting American industries if the softwood lumber dispute drags on.
By 24/7 Staff
“Threats of retaliatory action are inappropriate and will not influence any final determinations”U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
"We continue to believe that a negotiated settlement is in the best interests of all parties and we are prepared to work toward that end," Ross said in a statement issued by the Commerce Department.
On Friday, Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau said his government would study whether to stop U.S. firms from shipping thermal coal from ports in the Pacific province of British Columbia in response to the lumber duties.
Canada also is considering duties on exports from Oregon such as wine, flooring and plywood, a source close to the matter told Reuters, citing the role played by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, in pressing for the lumber tariffs.
The long-running dispute centers on U.S. lumber producers' charges that lower-cost Canadian competitors benefit from an unfair government subsidy because Canadian timber is mostly grown on public lands.
Ross said in his statement on Saturday that the Commerce Department's decision "was based on the facts presented, not on political considerations."
"Threats of retaliatory action are inappropriate and will not influence any final determinations," Ross added.