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U.S. International Trade Commission overturns Canadian newsprint duties

Corner Brook Pulp and Paper says it's a good time to be expanding its sales into Asia, which is an emerging market for newsprint, despite it being a commodity in lesser demand in traditional markets.
Corner Brook Pulp and Paper. - Gary Kean

The U.S. International Trade Commission has overturned duties imposed on Canadian newsprint.

The commission says it found that imports of the paper product, part of the wider category of uncoated groundwood paper, do not injure U.S. industry.

The U.S. Commerce Department imposed anti-dumping and countervailing duties of various levels on Canadian producers including Resolute Forest Product, Catalyst Paper Corp., and Kruger Inc. earlier this year.

The U.S. International Trade Commission's vote overrules the findings of the Commerce Department.

The duties had come about after Washington-based North Pacific Paper Co. complained that Canada was dumping newsprint into the American market and unfairly subsidizing its industry at home.

The U.S. says US$1.21 billion worth of uncoated groundwood paper used for newspapers, commercial printing and book publishing was imported from Canada last year.

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