Specialty Building Material Pricing & Availability Update

In addition to the housing shortage, with people staying home more, the desire for outdoor living spaces, home offices and general home improvement projects are on a lot of people’s minds. Throughout the U.S. and Canada, the lumber mills and building material manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up with the demand for home construction products. As usual, when supply becomes low, pricing goes up.  This is especially true on DIY products such as fencing, decking and pressure treated lumber. We are also hearing from consumers outside the Pacific Northwest, that Western Red Cedar products are very scarce, with no clear projections on when they will be available.  We understand that this has created an unusual situation, and it can be frustrating when consumers are not able to secure the products they need, and/or at the prices they may have budgeted for. At this time, we expect prices to remain high through the end of 2020, but expect supply and trucking issues to improve.

Over the years, we have developed deep relationships with lumber mills specializing in Western Red Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar and Douglas Fir building material production, so we have many sources we can pull from to help you get the products you want and need, as timely as possible, at absolutely the best prices we can offer. Rest assured, our team of professionals are doing their very best to support you and provide quotes, fill orders and get them out to the job site to help keep your project on schedule, to the absolute best of our ability. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work though this together.


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**Pricing Update** Cedar Shingles and Shakes imported from Canada

Things are still being sorted out regarding the softwood agreement and imposed tariffs by the US on Canadian softwood imports.  The last softwood agreement between our two countries was signed in 2006, and as of date, a new agreement has not been put in place.

Initially it appeared that coniferous shingles and shakes were not part of the expired agreement and pricing has stayed somewhat stable.  However, just days ago, the U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection have determined that coniferous shingles and shakes were part of this agreement and are now subject to the increased tariffs.

Today we received notice that all of the Western Red Cedar and Alaskan Yellow Cedar Shingles and Shakes we import from Canada have increased in price 20 – 25%.  Due to this, we are unable honor any previous quotes on Cedar Shingles or Shakes.

For current pricing, please contact our sales staff

We can be reached at 360.757.6343 or by emailing sales@cedarcountrylumber.com

Western Red Cedar Shingles subject to new duties and tariffs

Canada has submitted a request for a meeting with the World Trade Organization to assist in the dispute with the US and Canada lumber softwood exports.  However, due to the strong demand from the rise in new housing in the US and tight supply, Canadian softwood lumber producers don’t appear to be concerned too much and prices are expected to be high on all Canadian grown coastal Cedar and other imported softwoods throughout 2018.

For more information, please see the latest developments by clicking HERE


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US and Canada Softwood Lumber Tariff Still in Dispute

After months of guessing when the US and Canada would come to an agreement on a the duties and tariffs associated with softwood lumber, it is believed that the final duty rates will range from 10 percent to 24 percent.  This is a bit lower than what our industry expected.  Most mills and importers were expecting as much as 30% increase.

Read more about the history of the Canada–United States softwood lumber dispute, which has been going on since the 80’s, HERE

“This tariff only adds to the burden by harming housing affordability and artificially boosting the price of lumber,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “It is nothing more than a thinly-disguised tax on American home buyers, home builders and consumers.”

Canada says they will appeal this decision.  Please read more HERE

Truck of Western Red Cedar

Because of this on going dispute, we do our very best to honor any price quotes to the best of our ability, however, all material is subject to prior sale and pricing is subject to change on all our softwood lumber.


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UPDATE – 12/05

After the US announced its final decision on the Canadian softwood tariff in early November, our friends to the North aren’t very happy are launching litigation via the World Trade Organization over anti-dumping and countervailing duties.

Read more HERE


Cedar and Other Softwood Pricing Climbing Again due to BC Wildfires

First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the 26 wildfires raging in British Columbia.   To date, six SPF (Spruce – Pine – Fir) mills are shut down and major suppliers such as West Fraser, Tolko and Norbord Inc., have suspended operations and there are an estimated 37,000 Canadians displaced by these fires.   With no rainfall in sight, it is believed that this will only get worse and the fire proximity to timber stands is very dangerous.

With recent increased tariffs on Canadian softwoods, we will likely see prices rise again, some say 6-10% due the mill shut downs.  Again, economists say this will drive the cost up on constructions budgets that will likely be absorbed by builders, rather than home buyers.

For information on donating to help those affected by the BC wildfires, Donate to the British Columbia Fires Appeal 




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Why Are Cedar Prices Going Up?

You may have been surprised by the recent and/or impending price increases on Western Red Cedar lately.   This has been caused by a large trade dispute between Canada and the U.S. that has been going on since the 80’s on all softwoods imported from Canada.  Not only is this effecting Western Red Cedar, it also affects Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Douglas Fir, Pine and a host of other softwoods.

“Canada–United States softwood lumber dispute” Wikipedia

The Canada–U.S.A softwood lumber dispute is one of the largest and most enduring trade disputes between both nations.[1] This conflict was given rise in the early 1980s and its effects are still seen today. British Columbia, the major Canadian exporter of softwood lumber to the United States, was most affected, reporting losses of 9,494 direct and indirect jobs between 2004 and 2009.[2]

The heart of the dispute is the claim that the Canadian lumber industry is unfairly subsidized by federal and provincial governments, as most timber in Canada is owned by the provincial governments. The prices charged to harvest the timber are set administratively, rather than through the competitive marketplace, the norm in the United States. In the United States, softwood lumber lots are privately owned, and the owners form an effective political lobby. The United States claims that the Canadian arrangement constitutes an unfair subsidy, and is thus subject to U.S. trade remedy laws, where foreign trade benefiting from subsidies can be subject to a countervailing duty tariff, to offset the subsidy and bring the price of the commodity back up to market rates.

The Canadian government and lumber industry dispute this assertion, based on a number of factors, including that Canadian timber is provided to such a wide range of industries, and that lack of specificity makes it ineligible to be considered a subsidy under U.S. law. Under U.S. trade remedy law, a countervailable subsidy must be specific to a particular industry. This requirement precludes imposition of countervailing duties on government programs, such as roads, that are meant to benefit a broad array of interests. Since 1982, there have been four major iterations of the dispute.

For more information on why there has not been a resolution on this, and pricing is going up, we invite you to read this story from Global News published last Fall.

There is, unfortunately, little information regarding what is being done to come to an agreement on the importing of softwoods from Canada; the current deal has expired, and the marketplace is bracing for significant price increases.  Most companies implemented some price increases on February 1, 2017.

Because of this, we are doing our very best to honor any price quotes to the best of our ability, however, all material is subject to prior sale and pricing is subject to change on a daily basis as this shakes out.


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UPDATE – May 2, 2017

Here is a great article on who the 20% imposed tariff would affect the most and the approximate cost on a new home published by The Hill

UPDATE – August 1, 2017

Canadians are “Hopeful” for a softwood deal with US this month.  Read more HERE

UPDATE – November 7, 2017

Canada to dispute decision on the softwood agreement with the US.  The U.S.          International Trade Commission will make a final rule on the issue by Dec. 18.  Read more HERE