China may be new market

26 Apr 2017
Lethbridge Herald

Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says selling more Canadian softwood lumber to China is one answer to the latest trade dispute with the U.S.

Speaking from Beijing, Champagne says Canada’s pitch is resonating in China because softwood is an environmentally friendly building material that can satisfy a need for more housing without higher greenhouse gas emissions.

The minister has several Canadian lumber executives in tow as he continues a major trip to China that includes a high-level economic dialogue with its vice-premier.

The U.S. has announced duties of up to 24 per cent on lumber imports, the latest flareup in the decades-old softwood lumber feud between Canada and its largest trading partner.