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The U.S. Commerce Department has announced two preliminary determinations on investigations, the results of which will impose an import tariff on Canadian newsprint companies.

The impact could be damaging and far-reaching for newspaper media in Colorado and the US, with a tariff ranging up to 32 percent, though that may not represent the price increase newspaper media companies face.

It is just one reason why the Colorado Press Association has joined STOPP (Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers), a coalition to fight proposed countervailing duties and anti-dumping duties on imports of Canadian uncoated groundwood papers including newsprint and other papers. To view the STOPP website, click here.

The coalition effort is being spearheaded by the News Media Alliance and the National Newspaper Association, among many others.

Background:

The tariff is the result of a preliminary investigation that determined some Canadian companies are underpricing and dumping uncoated groundwood paper used in newsprint as a result of Canadian government subsidies.

The investigation now moves to the International Trade Commission, with a final decision expected in August; however, the U.S. Custom authorities will begin collecting cash deposits immediately from Canadian importers based on the preliminary duty rate.

After the ITC’s decision, it will go back to to the US Department of Commerce for final ruling, which is expected in September.

“The STOPP coalition is concerned that these countervailing duties and anti-dumping duties, which range up to 32 percent combined, will saddle U.S. printing and publishing businesses with increased costs and threaten thousands of American jobs,” according to a News Media Alliance press release. “The Coalition is asking the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Congress to reject these newsprint tariffs and protect U.S. jobs. With the announcement, STOPP has launched a new website: www.stopnewsprinttariffs.org and is inviting other interested parties to join in the fight to overturn these tariffs.”

The Colorado Press Association is worried about these tariffs, and the consequences they could have on the newspaper media industry.

“Newspaper print is a major cost for most of our members, and increasing its costs would do unjust financial harm to the industry and greater harm to the communities those papers serve,” said Jerry Raehal, CEO of the Colorado Press Association.

What you can do:

Both the National Newspaper Association and News Media Alliance are asking newspapers to either write editorials or run columns they’ve provided.

For the NNA fact sheet and column, click here.

For the NMA fact sheet, click here. For the NMA column, click here.

If you write an editorial, please email Jerry Raehal and he will forward it to both NNA and News Media Alliance.

In addition, you’re encouraged to contact Gov. John Hickenlooper’s offices, and representatives and senators in the U.S. Congress, and ask them to request that the ITC reject these newsprint tariffs. Members of Congress are slated to be in congressional districts/states until April 6.  

No time has been set for the ITC to opens its official docket to inquire into the NORPAC complaint, though it is expected soon.

“This is the most critical piece, as we need many members of Congress to offer statements in this case—and they can do so ONLY when the record officially opens,” according to a release from NNA. “Right now, we are busy educating the Congressional delegations on how serious this matter is. Shortly, we will be sending out a call to you, asking you to urge your members of Congress to testify against this harmful tariff.”

While Colorado Press Association encourages members to write individual letters to their representatives, we will also be writing a group letter to state representatives, which we would appreciate our members providing signatures for in a unified display of opposition to the tariffs. If you would like your name added to the list, click here.

What else is being done:

The Colorado Press Association is working with NNA, attempting to collect letters of concern from economic development experts in the state and others to Secretary Ross from the Department of Commerce—ranging from state offices to local Chambers of Commerce and business groups. These are timely and important. If you know someone who is interested in writing a letter, contact Tonda Rush at tonda@nna.org.

 If you have questions, contact Jerry Raehal at 720-274-7171 or at jraehal@colopress.net