As a result of the latest decision, USA customs authorities will collect cash deposits from importers of the paper from Canada based on these preliminary rates, the department said.
Uncoated groundwood paper is used in printing newspapers, flyers, catalogues and books and in 2016, U.S. Commerce estimated that American customers imported $1.27 billion United States worth of the product.
Chavern said increased costs will force most newspapers to reduce page counts, cut days of distribution and move more information that appears in print to to digital platforms. "Some small-market or rural newspapers, with slim margins, will close", Mr. Chavern said.
On behalf of the workers in our sector, Forest Products Association of Canada is disappointed in this outcome and strongly believes that these duties are completely unjustified and represent a costly and losing proposition for workers and paper customers on both sides of the border.
At issue is what is called uncoated groundwood paper, used in newsprint. "We have suspected that some Canadian producers were dumping uncoated groundwood papers in the USA markets - this has now been confirmed", he said from Washington State.
The anti-dumping duty has been imposed on the company's exports of uncoated grounded paper products made at all of its Canadian mills, including Powell River.
The News Media Alliance, a coalition of media organizations that includes approximately 2,000 newspapers in the USA and Canada, denounced the Commerce decision in a statement Tuesday.
A final determination on duties is expected by August 2.
Catalyst Pulp and Paper Sales Inc and Catalyst Paper General Partnership, a privately owned producer, was slapped with the top 22.16 percent antidumping duty.
With preliminary countervailing duties already in place, Catalyst and Kruger are now facing combined duties of 28.25% and 32.09%, respectively.
Corner Brook Pulp and Paper employs more than 500 individuals and is the backbone of Newfoundland and Labrador's integrated forestry industry. And Bruce Ralston, B.C.'s Jobs and Trade Minister, said he will work with Catalyst and Ottawa to help combat the "unfair tariffs".
The US announcement came as Canada's Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, was in Washington to discuss bilateral trade relations.
Canada issued a statement saying the duties "will have a direct and negative impact on USA newspapers, especially those in small cities and towns, and result in job losses in the American printing sector".
In December, the U.S. International Trade Commission upheld tariffs on softwood lumber after it determined the lumber imported from Canada is subsidized and injures the U.S. industry.
Bryan Yu, deputy chief economist at Central 1 Credit Union, said the decision on newsprint tariffs underscores the confrontational position of the Trump administration.
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