Canada to challenge U.S. softwood lumber duties under USMCA rules

FILE PHOTO: Canada's Minister of International Trade Ng speaks on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada said on Thursday it would launch a trade challenge against the United States over what it called the "unfair" duties Washington is imposing on certain softwood lumber products.

Canadian Trade Minister May Ng said in a statement she was disappointed about the duties and would launch a dispute settlement process under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement. Canada and the United States have sparred for decades over lumber exports.

(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Ottawa)