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The Wall Street Journal: U.S. may add more duties to Canadian lumber tariffs

The Trump administration escalated its lumber trade tiff with Canada, adding a new layer of duties on imports from its northern neighbor, even as it said it still hopes to negotiate a settlement before the full bite of the penalties is felt.

Two months after moving to impose 20% tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber commonly used in single-family homes, the Commerce Department announced Monday that it was considering additional fees that would mean some products would face duties as high as 30.88%.

The Trump administration has accused Canada of unfairly selling its lumber in the U.S. below production costs, aided in part by improper government subsidies — a trade practice known as “dumping.

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