The Trump administration is slapping a 20 percent tariff on certain imported wood from Canada, the type of lumber typically used in new residential construction. The beef? Canadian lumber makers get an unfair cost advantage vs. U.S. competitors due to Canadian government subsidies.
In short, Canadian lumber companies are killing California jobs.
Cheap foreign wood costs workers their jobs and U.S. manufacturers’ profits. Roughly one-third of homebuilding lumber is imported with 95 percent of that supply coming from Canada.
It’s not just lumber. The president has cited his displeasure with numerous trading partners that are major suppliers of everything from dairy to autos to steel to technology workers.
Read the whole story in the Orange County Register