Bill opposes new paper tariffs

Two U.S. senators on Monday introduced S.B. 2835, the “Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018,” which would suspend new tariffs currently being imposed on imported uncoated groundwood paper from Canada, which is the primary source of newsprint and other paper used by domestic newspapers, book publishers and commercial printers.

Simultaneously, the legislation would require the Department of Commerce to review the economic health of the printing and publishing industries. Newspapers and printers across the United States have told Congress that the new import tariffs — as high as 32 percent — would jeopardize the viability of the industry and threaten to decimate the U.S. paper industry’s customer base.

Eight other senators have joined as original co-sponsors.

Read the News Media Alliance’s release

CNPA will have more on this new bill in this Friday’s Legislative Bulletin.