SWLN51 - Termination of the Export Charge Imposed under the Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Act, 2006

From: Canada Revenue Agency

October 2015

The Softwood Lumber Agreement, 2006 is set to expire on October 12, 2015. The purpose of this notice is to inform exporters that the Minister of National Revenue will recommend a regulation to the Governor in Council, which will declare that charges on exports of softwood lumber products to the United States set out in sections 10 to 15 of the Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Act, 2006 will cease to be in force on October 13, 2015.

Nothing in this document should be taken as a representation by the Canada Revenue Agency that the regulation will be made as proposed.

The information in this notice is for reference purposes only and does not replace the Act or its current regulations. Should there be any discrepancy between the information in this notice and that contained in the Act or its regulations, the legislative provisions apply. As the information in this publication may not completely address your particular situation, you may wish to refer to the Act or appropriate regulation, or call one of the numbers at the end of this document for additional information.

Background

The Softwood Lumber Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America (the Agreement) came into force on October 12, 2006 for an initial term of seven years and was subsequently extended for two additional years. This agreement contains a number of border measures, including an export charge on covered softwood lumber products originating in Canada and exported to the United States.

The Canada Revenue Agency administers and collects the export charge under the authority of the Softwood Lumber Products Exports Charge Act, 2006. The Act was introduced as part of Canada’s obligations to ensure compliance with the articles of the Agreement that impose a charge on covered exports. It also includes specific provisions for the suspension of the export charges when the Agreement is due to expire on October 12, 2015.

Terminating the export charges

The Minister of National Revenue will recommend a regulation to the Governor in Council, which will declare that charges on exports of softwood lumber products to the United States set out in sections 10 to 15 of the Act cease to be in force on October 13, 2015. The effect of this regulation would be to formally remove these export charges.

For more information on registrant obligations following the expiry of the Agreement, see Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Notice SWLN52, Expiry of the Softwood Lumber Agreement, 2006.

Further information

All technical publications on the softwood lumber products export charge are available on the CRA website at www.cra.gc.ca/softwood.

For questions about filing a surge charge return or making a payment, call 1-800-935-0313.

For technical enquiries about the Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Act, 2006, call 1-866-330-3304.

For questions related to the Export and Import Permits Act, contact:

Softwood Lumber Controls Division
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0G2
Help Desk: 1-877-808-8838 (if you are located outside of Ottawa) or 613-944-1265 (if you are located in Ottawa)
Email: softwood.boisdoeuvre@international.gc.ca
Fax: 1-613-944-8950

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