The U.S. Department of Commerce has imposed final anti-dumping and countervailing duties of up to 20.26 percent (combined) on imported Canadian uncoated groundwood paper and newsprint–a ruling that will hurt workers, weaken businesses, and increase costs for the consumer, says the Forest Products Association of Canada.
The FPAC, the voice of the Canadian forest products sector, expressed extreme disappointment and concern about the latest ruling because of its far-reaching impact.
“It will be damaging to newspapers, printers, book publishers, and a range of other related industries,” said FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor.
“It stands to impact Canadian jobs, and will result in continued increased costs for business and consumers,” he noted.
“And while it hurts Canadian workers and their families, it also does real damage to U.S. workers and businesses–we have already seen evidence of that south of the border.”
The ruling also speaks to a deteriorating trade relationship with America.
“The international trade rules that have for so long delivered economic growth for North America are now facing unprecedented pressure,” said Nighbor.
“In the last year, the U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated dozens of anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, more than any period in recent memory–and signals a significant change in what has long been a healthy, productive relationship between our two nations,” he noted.
Canada is the largest exporter of newsprint in the world.