The Association for Print Technologies’ (APTech) through its Vice President of Government Affairs, Mark J. Nuzzaco, has praised the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) decision to terminate duties on Canadian uncoated groundwood (UGW) paper (i.e. newsprint) previously imposed by the U.S. Commerce Department. He also endorsed the statement issued by Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers (STOPP), a coalition of printers, publishers, retailers, paper suppliers, distributors and printing technology suppliers (of which APTech is a member), agreeing that the ITC’s decision will help to preserve the vitality of local newspapers threatened by an unwarranted “paper tax”, and prevent job losses in the printing and publishing sectors that currently employ 600,000 Americans.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Commerce Department (DOC) imposed anti-dumping and countervailing duties on UGW newsprint made in Canada in response to a petition filed by just one company – North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC), an outlier in the industry according to APTech – that alleged it was facing injury from unfair trade practices by Canada. Today, the ITC disagreed with those allegations and eliminated the duties, ruling that U.S. newsprint producers were not materially harmed by imports from Canada.
In contrast, the increase in newsprint costs resulting from the DOC-imposed duties was already harming printers, publishers, newspapers, technology suppliers and ultimately consumers in the value chain. In fact, many local papers scaled back reporting and reduced the number of editions they publish – and advertising inserts, often used by small businesses, were reduced. “Fortunately, these artificially inflicted distortions to the marketplace are now removed,” said the organization. “APTech commends the successful collaborative efforts of the broad and diverse STOPP coalition that pursued all available avenues to enlist the public and their elected representatives in Congress to speak out against the duties. Their voices were heard.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: If Donald Trump would have listened to his advisors, printing and newspapers industry experts here and across the USA, and his own lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives in the first place, all this nonsense could have been avoided. But I guess I’m living in fantasyland. Have an enjoyable Labour Day weekend.)