Ministry of International Trade and Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement
Region of Origin: Definition of Coast and Interior
The Coast and Interior Regions of British Columbia are defined in the Agreement as being the Forest Regions defined by the existing Forest Regions and Districts Regulations.
The "Region of Origin" to be reported on export permits is defined in the Agreement as:
"the Region where the facility at which the Softwood Lumber Product was first produced into such a product is located, regardless of whether that product was further processed (for example, by planing or kiln drying) or was transformed from one Softwood Lumber Product into another such product (for example, a remanufactured product) in another Region, with the following exceptions:
(a) the Region of Origin of Softwood Lumber Products first produced in the Maritime Provinces from logs originating in a non-Maritime province shall be the region where the log originated; and
(b) the Region of Origin of Softwood Lumber Products first produced in the Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut (the "Territories") from logs originating outside the Territories shall be the region where the log originated;"
The following link gives a preliminary "Designation of Coast or Interior" for British Columbia lumber companies. This designation is based on the physical location of the company's operations. The region of origin for products acquired from some of these companies may be different from the Coast or Interior designation listed. For the purposes of reporting "Region of Origin" on export permits, companies should refer to the definition from the Agreement reproduced above and report the region of the facility where the product was first produced.
Please advise the BC Ministry of Forests and Range, Policy and Trade Relations Branch of any errors or omissions in the "Designation of Coast or Interior" list.