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United States – Countervailing Duty Measures on Softwood Lumber from Canada


Key Facts

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Short Title: US – Softwood Lumber VII
Respondent: United States
Third Parties: Brazil; China; European Union; Russia Federation; Turkey; Japan; Korea; Kazakhstan; Vietnam;
Complaintant(s): Canada;
Dispute Number: DS533
Link to Dispute Site: https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/dispu_e/cases_e/ds533_e.htm
Dispute Subject(s): GATT 1994; SCM Agreement;
Dispute Status: Pending


On November 28, 2017, Canada requested consultations with the United States concerning certain countervailing measures with respect to softwood lumber products from Canada. 

Canada claimed in its request for consultations that the measures appear to be inconsistent with:

•             Articles 1.1(a), 1.1(b), 2.1(a), 2.1(b), 10, 11.2, 11.3, 14(d), 19.1, 19.3, 19.4, 21.1, 21.2, 32.1, and 32.5 of the SCM Agreement; and

•             Article VI:3 of the GATT 1994.

On March 15, 2018, Canada requested the establishment of a panel.  At its meeting on March 27, 2018, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.  At its meeting on April 9, 2018, the DSB established a panel.  Brazil, China, the European Union, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam reserved their third-party rights.

On June 27, 2018, Canada requested the Director-General to compose the panel.  On July 6, 2018, the Director-General composed the panel.

Panel Proceedings
Brief Date Brief Description
03/23/2020 U.S. Comments on Canada’s Answers to Panel’s Additional Set of Questions
03/16/2020 U.S. Answers to Panel’s Additional Set of Questions
12/11/2019 U.S. Integrated Executive Summary
12/03/2019 U.S. Comments on Canada’s Answers to Panel’s Second Set of Questions
11/12/2019 U.S. Answers to Panel’s Second Set of Questions 
10/18/2019 U.S. Closing Statement at the Second Panel Meeting
10/16/2019 U.S. Opening Statement at the Second Panel Meeting
05/06/2019 U.S. Second Written Submission
04/03/2019 U.S. Answers to the Panel's First Set of Questions
02/28/2019

U.S. Closing Statement at the First Panel Meeting

02/28/2019

U.S. Opening Statement at the First Panel Meeting (Day 3)

02/27/2019

U.S. Opening Statement at the First Panel Meeting (Day 2)

02/26/2019 U.S. Opening Statement at the First Panel Meeting (Day 1)
11/30/2018 U.S. First Written Submission