US seeks softwood arbitration

The United States accused Canada on Jan. 18 of violating the terms of a 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement by under-pricing some timber sales and has asked for binding arbitration to resolve the matter, the Globe and Mail reported. Canadian and American officials met in October to discuss the US's concerns that timber harvested from public lands in the interior region of British Columbia was being sold at too low of a price. However, they were unable to resolve the issue. This is the third time the US has sought arbitration to resolve a disagreement under the pact.

Published: Wednesday, 01/19/2011 12:00 am EST

The United States accused Canada on Jan. 18 of violating the terms of a 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement by under-pricing some timber sales and has asked for binding arbitration to resolve the matter, the Globe and Mail reported. Canadian and American officials met in October to discuss the US's concerns that timber harvested from public lands in the interior region of British Columbia was being sold at too low of a price. However, they were unable to resolve the issue. This is the third time the US has sought arbitration to resolve a disagreement under the pact.

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