EACOM timber yard at the Timmins sawmill
Hopes of avoiding a new round of U.S. duties on imported softwood lumber are fading for companies like EACOM Timber Corporation which owns sawmills in Timmins and Gogama.
“The American market is critical for us … the majority of our shipments are destined to the U.S.,” said Christine Leduc, EACOM’s director of public affairs.
“If you’re (a lumber producer) in Ontario, you’re not going to ship west; you’re not going to ship east. You’re shipping domestically or you’re shipping south. In fact, 95% of Ontario’s forest products are destined to the U.S.