PaperAge Magazine

Canada Launches Complaint with WTO against U.S. Countervailing Duties on Canadian Paper Producers

Derek Nighbor "These duties are unwarranted and without merit and we 100% support the federal government's "WTO filing" position." – Derek Nighbor, CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada.

Jan. 10, 2018 (Press Release) - [On Jan. 10] the Government of Canada launched a complaint against the United States challenging Washington's use of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties. Canada said U.S. procedures broke the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Anti-Dumping Agreement, the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes.

“These rates tabled last night by the U.S. on uncoated groundwood paper represent the third action that stands to hurt hard working men and women in our mill communities across Canada,” says Derek Nighbor, CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada. “These duties are unwarranted and without merit and we 100% support the federal government's “WTO filing” position. Canada and the U.S. share a longstanding and important relationship, but in the face of these unfounded trade actions it's important that our government defends Canada's interests”.

FPAC provides a voice for Canada's wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. The $65-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 2 per cent of Canada's GDP and is one of Canada's largest employers operating in over 600 communities, providing 230,000 direct jobs, and 1 million indirect jobs across the country. To learn more, please visit: www.fpac.ca

SOURCE: Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)