Canada studying ban on US coal exports from Pacific ports

In a statement today, Clark says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has agreed to seriously review her request, which she made after the United States slapped new duties on softwood.

The US's trade tariff would impose a 20 percent tax on Canadian softwood lumber, affecting about $5 billion in lumber exports from the country.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Saturday fired back at Canada following reports that Ottawa's government is considering retaliatory actions against the USA for imposing preliminary countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber products - threats that Ross deemed "inappropriate".

Meanwhile, several American bed-frame manufacturers that rely on Canadian softwood lumber say the tariffs will cost thousands of American jobs unless manufacturers are exempted from the duties, CityNews Toronto reported.

"We share the commitment to fighting climate change and protecting the environment", Mr Trudeau wrote in his letter on Friday.

Sources say the next step targets the state of Oregon. He sent a letter to the premier of B.C., announcing he was seriously considering banning US coal exports from that province and that trade experts were studying it.




The Canadian Press reported that Trudeau has also considered trade actions against companies in Oregon.

Reuters also reported that Canada is considering tariffs on exports from OR, including wine, plywood and flooring.

It's been a campaign where Christy Clark has promised to stand up for B.C.'s lumber industry in Canada's trade dispute with the US, despite not having much say as a provincial premier in global disputes.

Democratic Oregon senator Ron Wyden is one of the biggest critics of the Canadian softwood lumber industry.

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". He said "we continue to believe that a negotiated settlement is in the best interests of all parties".

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