May 5, 2017 / 7:44 PM / a year ago

Canada studying ban on U.S. coal exports from Pacific ports

OTTAWA, May 5 (Reuters) - Canada is considering a request to ban shipments of U.S. thermal coal through ports in the Pacific province of British Columbia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, escalating a trade dispute with Washington.

Trudeau revealed the news in a letter to British Columbia premier Christy Clark, who asked him last month for the ban in response to fresh U.S. tariffs on Canadian exports of lumber. Her province is a major timber producer. (Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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