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U.S. Coalition Cites Canadian Subsidies
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Washington, DC, USA, 17 June 2009 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports reports that the Canadian government today announced a CAD 1 billion tax-payer funded subsidy program for the country's forest products industry. It appears that Canada will provide grants to defray all or part of the cost of pulp-production capital equipment that is deemed environmentally friendly.

"To the extent that the subsidy goes to corporate groups that produce softwood lumber, this appears to violate the U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement," said Steve Swanson, chairman of the Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports and president of the family-run Swanson Group in Oregon. "The SLA exemption highlighted by Canada is limited to certain types of programs that are truly for forest and environmental management, protection, or conservation purposes and that relate to timber. This program is obviously for the purpose of assisting forest products companies and has nothing to do with timber," he said.

The U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports is an alliance of large and small lumber producers from around the country, joined by their employees, and woodland owners. The Coalition is united in opposition to Canada's unfair lumber-trade practices, including under-pricing of timber. For more information, visit 
www.uslumbercoalition.org.


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