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Southern Pine Lumber Included in New Tariffs

General News

Southern Pine lumber exports to China will face a 20% import tariff, rising from the current 10%, effective June 1st. Other species as well as OSB and softwood plywood will face a 25% tariff.

The measure comes in retaliation to the U.S. raising tariffs on Chinese imports after trade negotiations between the two countries reached an impasse last week. The talks, centering on unfair trade practices and protection of intellectual property rights, is expected to continue among high-level officials before a meeting between President Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping in June.

Below is an unofficial translation of the softwood products facing increased tariffs. Southern Pine shipped as “other pine” (HS code 44071190) or “other coniferous lumber” (44071900) is subject to a 20% duty. Note that, as in the past, the list may change. Exporters are urged to confer with their freight forwarder.

Tariff: 25%

44071110   Red Pine and Russian Pine lumber
44071120   Radiata Pine lumber
44071200   Spruce and Fir lumber
44101200   OSB
44123900   Softwood plywood

Tariff: 20%

44032240   D-Fir log with size less than 15cm
44032290   Other pine with size less than 15 cm
44032300   Fir and Spruce log with size less than 15 cm
44032600   Other coniferous log with size less than 15 cm
44071130   D-Fir lumber
44071190   Other pine lumber
44071900   Other coniferous lumber

We continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed of future developments.

Source: Southern Forest Products Association