WTO rules against U.S. duties on Canadian lumber

WTO rules against U.S. duties on Canadian lumber

In a ruling Wednesday, the World Trade Organization Appellate Body said the United States is violating international trade rules in its calculations of anti-dumping duties against Canadian softwood.

The technical ruling considered a practice called "zeroing," which is used to determine anti-dumping rates imposed on goods imported into a country.

The WTO said Washington's use of "zeroing" is "inconsistent with the WTO Anti-dumping Agreement."

The U.S. cut its anti-dumping duties to 4 percent this year following a WTO review.

-- Alan Field