Canada challenges U.S. softwood lumber duties under USMCA trade pact

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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government said on Monday it challenged U.S. softwood lumber duties under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), calling the duties "unwarranted" and "unfair."

"Today, Canada filed notice that it will challenge, under Chapter 10 of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), the final results of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s third administrative reviews of its anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on softwood lumber from Canada," the Canadian government said in a statement.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington and Ismail Shakil in Ottawa)