On October 8, 2021, the International Trade Administration (“ITA”) published a request for comments on any subsidies, including stumpage subsidies, provided by certain countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the United States during the period January 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021.

The request is limited to subsidies provided by countries that had exports accounting for at least one percent of total US imports of softwood lumber by quantity, as classified under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings 4407.1001, 4407.1100, 4407.1200, 4407.1905, 4407.1906, or 4407.1910, in the first half of 2021.

Official US import data, published by the United States International Trade Commission’s DataWeb, indicate that six countries (Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Romania, and Sweden) exported softwood lumber to the United States during that time in amounts sufficient to account for at least one percent of total U.S. imports.

Parties should include in their comments:

  • the country that provided the subsidy;
  • the name of the subsidy program;
  • a brief description (no more than 3-4 sentences) of the subsidy program; and
  • the government body or authority that provided the subsidy.

Comments are due by November 8, 2021, and must be submitted through regulations.gov, Docket No. ITA-2021-0007. Further information on the comment submission process can be found in the notice. 

The authors acknowledge the assistance of Ryan Orange with this blog post.