US Commission Rejects Alleged Harm From Canadian Newsprint

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In this April 11, 2018, photo, production workers stack newspapers onto a cart at the Janesville Gazette Printing & Distribution plant in Janesville, Wis. Members of Congress are warning that newspapers in their home states are in danger of cutting coverage or going out of business if the United States maintains recently imposed tariffs on […]

The U.S. International Trade Commission has nullified the tariffs put into place for imported newsprint by finding American producers weren’t harmed by imports from Canadian paper mills.
    
The ruling is a victory for the U.S. newspaper industry, which complained that the rising cost of newsprint made it harder to operate and required them to trim the size of papers or lay off employees.
    
Dozens of lawmakers from both parties had urged the ITC to reject a complaint that alleged dumping and subsidies had harmed U.S paper mills.
    
The Commerce Department had imposed the tariffs in response to a complaint from a hedge fund-owned paper producer in Washington state, which argued that its Canadian competitors took advantage of government subsidies to sell their product at unfairly low prices.
 

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