Homebuilders blast Biden administration about doubling lumber tariffs

By Michael Gerrity | World Property Journal

The U.S. homebuilding industry is not happy with the Biden administration these days about their move to double lumber taxes.

Chuck Fowke, Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), just issued the following statement following the U.S. Commerce Department’s desire to double lumber tariffs on Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S from 9 percent to 18.32 percent:

“At a time when soaring lumber prices have added nearly $36,000 to the price of a new home and priced millions of middle class households out of the housing market, the Biden administration’s preliminary finding yesterday to double the tariffs on Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S. shows the White House does not care about the plight of American home buyers and renters who have been forced to pay much higher costs for housing.

“This action clearly shows the White House is disingenuous when it claims the nation’s housing affordability crisis must be an important priority. This move certainly demonstrates a lack of courage to stand up to the U.S. lumber lobby that is already reaping record profits off the backs of hardworking American families.


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