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FLA Meets with Key Senators Ahead of ITC Hearing
FLA has been working on Canadian Lumber Imports and the renewal of a Softwood Lumber Agreement with Canada that will offer landowners certainty in their ability to count on strong markets for saw timber. In preparation of the ITC hearing and in response to Secretary Ross’s postponed decision on duties, FLA CEO, Scott Jones met with two key Senators to emphasis the importance of negotiating a clean quota deal and the economic impact that the delay in a final agreement is having on lumber markets.
 
Senator Wicker (R-MS). FLA met with Sen. Wicker’s staff trade attorney to provide prospective of the economic harm the unresolved Softwood Lumber Agreement is causing in preparation of Wicker’s testimony delivered at the ITC hearing on Tuesday, September 12. 
 
FLA and many of our members from Mississippi sent a letter to Senator Wicker thanking him for delivering testimony.
 
Senator Wyden (D-OR): FLA also met with Elissa Alben, Senior Trade and Competitiveness Counsel, who holds a law degree from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from Harvard. She was well-versed in the issue with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of how timber producers and mills are being impacted by the unfair trading practices. 
 
Wyden and Crapo (R-ID) have been leaders in the Senate on this issue for many years and led the most recent letter to the Department of Commerce urging them to negotiate an agreement. 
 
Both Senator’s offices expressed the importance of grassroots to keep pressure from Congress on Commerce to consultant with them on an agreement. FLA will is compiling a Call to Engage and will be sending it to forest landowners and mills.
 
Department of Commerce: Meeting with Peter Krug, Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Discussion focused on the importance of the Administration and Department of Commerce negotiating for a Clean Quota and how the delay on duties impacts the US lumber industry. It was stated that the the delay in duties was done as a sign of good faith to negotiate the best deal for the US timber producers and mills. FLA stressed a clean quota and a long-term deal at 29% for one year and 28% for the remainder of the agreement. 
 
The US lumber industry and their allies maintain that Canadian Provincial and Federal governments subsidize Canadian lumber manufacturers by allocating timber at artificially low prices. Many other subsidies are alleged. The US industry goal is open and competitive markets across Canada.
 
Visit www.forestlandowners.com/canada for more information on FLA's advocacy activities. 

 

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