Washington requested to properly assess the impact of the imposition of duties on imports of newsprint in canada

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The canadian paper journal is based on more than twenty factories.

With the approach of the decision of Washington concerning the imposition of countervailing duty on the newsprint in canada, Resolute forest Products is one of the great producers, the actors have stepped up their efforts to keep the government Trump the consequences of such a move on the american economy.

 

The most recent intervention came from the governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, who has picked up the phone last Thursday to speak directly to the us Commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross.

 

According to a document posted Monday on the website of the department of Commerce, of which the preliminary decision is imminent, governor Walker has ” expressed his concerns […] about the negative impact on newspaper publishers and other consumers “.

1.27 billion

The canadian paper journal is based on more than twenty factories. According to Washington, the United States imported 1.27 billion US $of paper uncoated in 2016.

“Governor Walker has said that they believe the american producers of paper pulp are unable to meet the demand, making imports necessary,” says the record of the telephone conversation. Mr. Ross would then have said that he was going to pass on this information to the investigation team.

 

According to an official at the department of Commerce as quoted by the Globe and Mail in its edition of Monday, the decision would be published on Tuesday. A spokesman for Resolute forest Products has outlined the Duty that the company would respond to questions once the decision is published.

 

The canadian paper journal is based on more than twenty factories. According to Washington, the United States imported 1.27 billion US $of paper uncoated in 2016.
 

The complaint

The department investigation began in August 2017, following a complaint by North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC), a company of 260 employees that operates only one plant in the State of Washington. Formerly owned by Wayerhaeuser, it is now the property of unfonds coverage in new york, One Rock Capital Partners.

 

NORPAC stated that canadian companies enjoyed subsidies-government material “. In addition, the company believes that the companies that sell electricity to distributors, in Quebec or in Ontario, for example, have an advantage.

 

However, 34 members of the House of representatives have written to secretary Ross, last December, to underline the fact that NORPAC is the only one in his corner and that its position is not that of the whole of the paper industry. The decline of the newspaper is not due to the imports, they said, but rather to the growing popularity of digital platforms as a vehicle for information and advertising sales.

 

“Newspaper publishers have seen a significant drop in their advertising revenue and they would probably be unable to pass the increase in costs arising from countervailing duty or anti-dumping duty “, wrote the 34 elected to the u.s. Congress. “Penalties will hurt also to american producers of newsprint, and their employees, because the decline in demand would lead to the disappearance of jobs. “

 

It was originally planned that the u.s. department of Commerce renders its decision on the countervailing duty on 8 January and one on the anti-dumping duties on 16 January.

 

At the end of the month of December, Solved, wrote to the secretary Ross to affirm that the investigation is not logical. “Nothing, can reasonably say that the investigation on the alleged subsidies in the timber, derived timber standing, is translated into a survey paper, which is produced much further downstream,” wrote Resolved.

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