The federal government is asking for a quick review of anti-dumping duties on drywall imports that have hiked the cost of construction in western Canada.
In September the Canada Border Services Agency slapped tariffs of up to 276 per cent on U.S gypsum board or drywall imported from the U.S. for use in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and Northwest Territories.
The agency said it was responding to a complaint that the products are being sold in Canada at less than normal prices.
The federal finance department has asked the Canadian Trade Tribunal to hold an inquiry on the duties and report its findings by early January.
There is some gypsum production in western Canada, but not enough to meet demand, so extra product must be imported from the U.S.