updated: February 27, 2013      
  S o f t w o o d   L u m b e r   E x p o r t   C h a r g e s

  C A N A D A (1)     Export Charge Rates   (%)  
Year - Month Reference Price
(US$/MBF)
    Option A Regions     Option B Regions   (4)
BC coast BC interior AB SK MB       ON   (3)       QC   (3)
2013 - Mar US $395 00000.12.6
2013 - Feb US $385 00000.12.6
2013 - Jan US $357 00000.12.6
2012 - Dec US $334 101010333.15.6
2012 - Nov US $326 101010333.15.6
2012 - Oct US $341 5552.52.52.65.1
2012 - Sep US $328 101010333.15.6
2012 - Aug US $323 101010333.15.6
2012 - Jul US $299 5552.52.52.65.1
2012 - Jun US $321 101010333.15.6
2012 - May US $299 151515555.17.6
2012 - Apr US $289 151515555.17.6
2012 - Mar US $283 151515555.17.6
2012 - Feb US $269 151515555.17.6
2012 - Jan US $264 151515555.17.6
2011 - Dec US $257 151515555.17.6
2011 - Nov US $265 151522.5 (2)555.17.6
2011 - Oct US $259 151515555.17.6
2011 - Sep US $271 151522.5 (2)555.17.6
2011 - Aug US $264 151515555.17.6
2011 - Jul US $260 151515555.17.6
2011 - Jun US $267 151522.5 (2)151515.117.6
2011 - May US $288 151515151515.117.6
2011 - Apr US $296 151515151515.117.6
2011 - Mar US $303 151522.5 (2)151515.117.6
2011 - Feb US $291 15151515151515
2011 - Jan US $276 151522.5 (2)15151515
2010 - Dec US $260 151522.5 (2)15151515
2010 - Nov US $250 151522.5 (2)15151515
2010 - Oct US $247 151522.5 (2)15151515
2010 - Sep US $251 151522.5 (2)15151515

(1) Under the Softwood Lumber Agreement of 2006, certain industries and particular provinces are excluded from the collection of export charges. Full text of the Softwood Lumber Agreement of 2006, is available at the United States Trade Representative (USTR) website.

(2) Foreign Affairs and International Trade's published reports indicate that exports to the United States of softwood lumber products originating from the noted Option A region has exceeded the trigger volume by more than 1 percent. As a result the export charge rate is increased by 50 percent (50%). The surge charge is applicable to all softwood lumber product exports originating from the region for the month.

(3) According to the Canada Revenue Agency in SWLN 35, the Government of Canada has announced its intention to amend the Act to include an additional export charge for Ontario and Quebec regions, effective March 1, 2011. The proposed amendments require all exporters to the U.S. of softwood lumber products having a region of origin of Ontario to pay an additional export charge of 0.1% and those having a region of origin of Quebec to pay an additional export charge of 2.6%. The CRA will collect the additional export charge, remitted on a voluntary basis, until such time as amendments to the Act become law.

(4) The additional 10% export charge on softwood lumber products originating from Option B regions was terminated effective July 1, 2011. A refund process is available to reimburse any overpayments of this charge. For information please refer to notice SWLN39 - Termination of the 10% Additional Export Charge and Refund of Overpayments.

  Province(s)
British Columbia (Coast and Interior), Alberta Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
  M o n t h Export Charge Export Charge
  August 2010 15 % 5 %
  July 2010 10 % 3 %
  June 2010 0 % 0 %
  May 2010 10 % 3 %
  April 2010 15 % 5 %
  March 2010 15 % 5 %
  February 2010 15 % 5 %
  January 2010 15 % 5 %
  December 2009 15 % 5 %
  November 2009 15 % 5 %
  October 2009 15 % 5 %
  September 2009 15 % 5 %
  August 2009 15 % 5 %
  July 2009 15 % 5 %
  June 2009 15 % 5 %
  May 2009 15 % 5 %
  April 2009 15 % 5 %
  March 2009 15 % 5 %
  February 2009 15 % 5 %
  January 2009 15 % 5 %
  December 2008 15 % 5 %
  November 2008 15 % 5 %
  October 2008 15 % 5 %
  September 2008 15 % 5 %
  August 2008 15 % 5 %
  July 2008 15 % 5 %
  June 2008 15 % 5 %
  May 2008 15 % 5 %
  April 2008 15 % 5 %
  March 2008 15 % 5 %
  February 2008 15 % 5 %
  January 2008 15 % 5 %
  December 2007 15 % 5 %
  November 2007 15 % 5 %
  October 2007 15 % 5 %
  September 2007 15 % 5 %
  August 2007 15 % 5 %
  July 2007 15 % 5 %
  June 2007 15 % 5 %
  May 2007 15 % 5 %
  April 2007 15 % 5 %
  March 2007 15 % 5 %
  February 2007 15 % 5 %
  January 2007 15 % 5 %
  December 2006 15 % 15 %
  November 2006 15 % 15 %
  October 2006 15 % 15 %


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