As reported on July 16 in the Nikkei Asian Review, Canadian log exports to Japan have dropped significantly this year. According to the Japan Lumber Importers’ Association, shipments fell 77 per cent in the January–May period, with no logs having been shipped in April. Figures for May were just five per cent of the amount shipped for the same month last year.
This raises concerns about a possible first violation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is investigating the situation. If it is found that Ottawa is refusing to issue export permits without a valid reason, the ministry could file a formal complaint with the Canadian government.