Posts Tagged ‘ U.S. Department of Commerce ’

Masonite Names James Pelletier as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Apr 5th, 2022

Masonite International Corporation has announced that James “Jim” Pelletier has joined the company as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. He replaces Robert “Bob” E. Lewis. “Bob made significant contributions to grow Masonite since joining the company in 2012,” said Howard Heckes, president and CEO, Masonite. “In addition to playing an important role […]

NAHB Reacts to Lowering of Lumber Tariffs

Feb 3rd, 2022

At the end of January, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its third preliminary finding to reduce tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber imports into the U.S. from 17.99% to 11.64%. In the wake of the announcement, Chuck Fowke, chair of the the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) issued the following statement: “NAHB welcomes the […]

NLBMDA Meets with Biden Administration on Softwood Lumber Tariffs and Supply Chain Concerns

Dec 21st, 2021

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) met with senior officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce last week to discuss the Biden administration’s recent decision to double countervailing and antidumping duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports from 9% to 18% as well as ongoing supply chain concerns in the lumber market. After […]

Double Duty: Canadian Softwood Lumber Tariffs Rise to 17.9%

Dec 2nd, 2021

The U.S. Department of Commerce has doubled countervailing and anti-dumping duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports from 9% to 17.9%. The increase follows a decrease in December 2020 and is par for the decade’s fluctuating course. Where do The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and the U.S. Lumber Coalition stand? “NLBMDA strongly […]

Judge Rejects U.S. Commerce Department’s Remand Redetermination in AD/CVD Case

Nov 29th, 2021

Almost a year after the last significant change in the antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) case of Columbia Aluminum Products (Columbia) vs. U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce), Judge Timothy C. Stanceu issued an opinion and order in response to the Commerce Department’s Remand Redetermination, filed in December of 2020, and the subsequent responses and comments […]

Change the Thermostat All You Want, Someone Will Always Be Unhappy

May 25th, 2021

For 15 years now, it seems, I’ve had a file on my desk labeled “Softwood Lumber.” Well, maybe not a crinkled up, over-stuffed, physical folder, but at least a collection of digital files and research. I say, “it seems,” because I’m speaking somewhat figuratively. Point being this topic has been part of my life and […]

Builders Point to Material Costs and Interest Rates for Slight Decline in Confidence

Mar 23rd, 2021

With a slight decrease in confidence registering among builders in March, officials for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) point to material costs and interest rates as culprits. After attempting to persuade the U.S. Department of Commerce to take action on escalating costs for lumber and other materials, officials for NAHB now say those […]

Cohort Takes Another Stab at Getting Washington to Take Action on Lumber

Mar 16th, 2021

A cohort of construction-related organizations sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce secretary Gina Raimondo last week, urging Commerce to examine the supply chain for lumber. With lumber prices increasing by more than 180% since last spring, and prices for oriented strand board (OSB) nearly tripling, “We respectfully request that your office examine the […]

Disputes Over Softwood Lumber Rage on Following Tariff Reduction

Dec 14th, 2020

Homebuilders and U.S.-based lumber producers find themselves at odds these days, after the U.S. Department of Commerce slashed duties on softwood lumber imported from Canada from 20% to 9%. The move follows a decades-long dispute in which U.S. lumber producers claim to be held at a disadvantage by Canadian producers, based on Canada’s policies for […]

Court Sends Anti-Dumping Decision Over Thresholds Back to Commerce

Sep 3rd, 2020

Note: The following article was updated on September 8, 2020, after [DWM] received additional info pertaining to the court’s decision, including a separate memo regarding Columbia Aluminum Products LLC. The U.S. Court of International Trade sided with Columbia Aluminum Products LLC (Columbia) and Worldwide Door Components Inc. (Worldwide) recently in two separate decisions, demanding that the […]

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