Trade, Imports & Exports - Forest Business

 Logging truck in front of stack of logsTrade

Softwood Lumber Trade with the U.S.

The U.S. is Alberta's largest market for softwood lumber products; and because of the importance of forestry to Alberta's economy, a stable trading relationship is essential. The 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement expired on October 12, 2015 and on November 25, 2016, the U.S. softwood lumber industry filed petitions with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission requesting the initiation of countervailing, anti-dumping and injury investigations into imports of certain softwood lumber products from Canada. The U.S. Department of Commerce initiated these investigations on December 15, 2016.

On April 24, 2017 the U.S. Department of Commerce issued its preliminary determination in its countervailing duty investigation into imports of certain softwood lumber products from Canada. Also on April 24, 2017 the U.S. Department of Commerce made an affirmative preliminary critical circumstance determination.

Please check the Global Affairs Canada federal government website for updates and recent announcements on this Canada-U.S. trade issue.

The Government of Alberta has responded to these moves by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Industry stakeholder inquiries can be directed to

Interprovincial Trade Agreements

Agriculture and Forestry is committed to honouring Alberta's trade commitments between provinces and territories and internationally. The department is actively engaged in ongoing trade related negotiations related to natural resources.

Agriculture and Forestry's interests are represented and protected in key federal and provincial programs and initiatives lead through the Alberta ministries of
  • International and Intergovernmental Relations
  • Treasury Board and Finance
  • Human Services
For more information, visit the following websites: Imports and Exports

Stacks of lumberRegulations for importing coniferous logs or forest products with bark attached and for exporting Crown timber volumes and wood chips are managed through policy directives.

These requirements are in place in order to
  • protect Alberta's forests and economy from destructive forest pests that can be unknowingly introduced with shipments of imported coniferous logs and forest products with bark attached
  • ensure wood fibre exports are tailored to economic circumstances
  • enable cross-border trade and
  • stimulate investment and economic development of Alberta's forest industry
Importing Forest Products into Alberta

Review the following directives:
  • 2011-01 Importation of Conifer Logs and Forest Products with Bark Attached
  • 2011-04 Mountain Pine Beetle Log Management
To access these documents, see: For directive 2011-01 above, use the following related online form:
  • Application to Import Conifer Logs or Forest Products
To access this form, see: Exporting Forest Products from Alberta

Review the following directive:
  • 2011-02 Export of Unmanufactured Crown Timber and Wood Fibre
To access this document, see: Contact

For further information on import or export authorizations, contact: Federal Import and Export Information

The federal government, through the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, is responsible for development of forest policies that prevent the introduction and spread of regulated pests into Canada and export programs for Canadian forest products. Links to their programs can be found below:
For more information about the content of this document, contact
This information published to the web on February 18, 2016.
Last Reviewed/Revised on April 26, 2017.