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Norpac Praises U.S. Department of Commerce Move to Slap Duties on Canadian Papermakers

NORPAC - rolls of paper Norpac CEO Craig Anneberg said that the DOC's decision affirms that Canadian uncoated groundwood papers benefit from significant levels of government subsidies. Norpac alleged that Canadian paper companies benefit from 65 different subsidies that add up to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Jan. 10, 2018 (The Daily News) - In a victory for Norpac (North Pacific Paper Company) — and potential blow to local newspapers — the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that it will start imposing preliminary antidumping and countervailing duties on Canadian paper producers.

The move comes in response to a petition filed in August in which the Longview papermaker alleged that Canadian paper manufacturers hold an unfair advantage over domestic producers. Norpac claimed that Canadian paper companies benefit from 65 different subsidies that add up to hundreds of millions of dollars.

“Today's affirmative decision by the Department of Commerce confirms that Canadian uncoated groundwood papers benefit from significant levels of government subsidies,” Norpac CEO Craig Anneberg said in a press release. “What the U.S. uncoated groundwood papers industry wants is a level playing field, and this decision is an important step forward for American producers, workers and their families that have been the victims of unfair Canadian trade practices for too long.”

The federal and provincial subsidies include government grants, tax breaks, subsidized loans, raw materials at below-market costs and cheap subsidized electricity, according to Norpac.

A Commerce investigation found that Canadian uncoated groundwood paper — the same product used to print newspapers — was subsidized by an average of 6.53 percent, Norpac said Tuesday.

Anneberg told The Daily News that it's too early to say how the duties will affect the company's paper mill in Longview.

“There will be no immediate change to our production,” he said Tuesday.

Commerce is expected to release . . . go to the full story at The Daily News

SOURCE: The Daily News (Longview, Washington)