Trade disputes

We lead the Province’s efforts in trade disputes with international trading partners or other Canadian jurisdictions.

For international disputes, we work closely with B.C. ministries, Global Affairs Canada, local governments and industry to defend B.C.’s interests, including countervailing duty and anti-dumping cases, safeguard cases and other trade remedy cases that threaten to impose tariffs on B.C. products. Some examples include U.S.-initiated disputes such as the softwood lumber dispute, super-calendared paper investigation, and Section 232 “national security” aluminum tariffs.

We also work with Global Affairs Canada in defending provincial measures against challenges from other trading partners through the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements.