The Department of Commerce has issued a request for comment from the public about subsidies they received that were provided by certain countries who exported softwood lumber and softwood lumber products to the U.S. from July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. Under the Softwood Lumber Act of 2008, every 180 days, the Secretary of Commerce is required to report to certain Congressional committees any subsidies, including stumpage subsidies, provided by countries exporting softwood lumber to the U.S. The DOC has stated that it wants to hear about the subsidies provided by Canada and Chile only, as these two countries' exports accounted for one percent of the total imports of softwood lumber to the U.S. during the specified time period.
Parties should include in their comments: (1) The country which provided the subsidy; (2) the name of the subsidy program; (3) a brief description (at least 3-4 sentences) of the subsidy program; and (4) the government body or authority that provided the subsidy.
Comments must be submitted to the DOC by May 21.
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