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Newsprint Trade Tariffs Would Harm Newspapers

From News Media Alliance

The Department of Commerce in September announced the initiation of anti-dumping duty and countervailing duty investigations of Canadian imports of newsprint. The sole petitioner seeking protection, North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC), is owned by a New York-based hedge fund that operates only one mill in Longview, WA. NORPAC’s petitions ask for steep import duties in excess of 50 percent and do not reflect the views of the paper industry in the United States. In fact, the petitions are opposed by other U.S. producers of newsprint and the American Forest and Paper Association, which represents the broader paper industry.
If Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper are subject to duties, prices in the newsprint market will be shocked and the supply chain for newsprint could be disrupted. Key members of the House of Representatives – Reps. Ralph Norman (R-Rock Hill, SC), Chuck Fleishmann (R-Chattanooga, TN), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Jamie Raskin (D-Bethesda, MD) – have drafted a joint congressional letter that will be sent to the Secretary of Commerce asking that Commerce reject these petitions and protect hundreds of thousands of jobs and the local news lifeline of rural and small-town America. Please contact your representative and ask him or her to sign this letter by clicking here. 
Related: Proposed Newsprint Tariffs Threaten Small-Town Newspapers

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