The United States continues to push for taxes on Canadian conifer wood until a tendering system for the purchase of wood is in place in Canada. 20-04-2020 – The U.S. Court of International Trade upholds the U.S. Department of Commerce`s decision that Canadian hamlets and shingles are outside the scope of U.S. softwood tax orders in the United States, where demand for wood exceeds what local mills can provide, housing and other industries depend on Canada for stable and predictable access to quality products. The 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA), which provided stability and predictability to industry on both sides of the border, expired on October 12, 2015. 24-11-2020 – Statement by the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade on U.S. Tariffs on Canadian Conifer Wood from the BC Lumber Trade Council called the remaining tariffs “frustrating and disappointing” and said demand for U.S.-produced wood in the country had exceeded the product produced. On the other hand, due to the size of the market, the United States is heavily dependent on imports of wood from Canada, as domestic deliveries are insufficient to meet the needs of customers. Conifer wood (cedar, Douglas pine, pine, spruce) is used throughout North America in construction and horticulture, interior and outdoor wood, etc. In April 2006, the United States and Canada announced that they had reached an interim agreement to end the dispute.
The announced Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) came into full force in October 2006. The terms stipulated that the period of this agreement would last between seven and nine years. The two countries agreed to a two-year extension in 2012.  Under the interim conditions, the United States would lift countervailing and anti-dumping duties if timber prices remain above a specified range. A mixed system of export taxes and quotas on Canadian timber imports would be introduced below the specified range. On the Canadian side, the nation has agreed to enforce the rules, for example in the form of taxes on timber exports to the United States. In particular, Canadian provincial governments have been encouraged to change their pricing systems.