CNPA joins STOPP coalition to fight tariffs on Canadian newsprint that threaten publishers

This week CNPA joined STOPP, which stands for Stop Tariffs on Printers and Publishers, a coalition formed by the printing, publishing and paper-producing industries to defeat the countervailing duties (CVD) and anti-dumping duties (AD) on imports of Canadian uncoated groundwood papers including newsprint and other papers.

The News Media Alliance (NMA) and National Newspaper Association (NNA) are spearheading STOPP and leading the opposition effort

These preliminary duties, which were assessed by the Department of Commerce in January and March, respectively, are the result of a petition filed by one company, North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC), a stand-alone newsprint producer that is attempting to manipulate the law on tariffs for its own financial gain. The industries involved in the STOPP coalition are troubled that these 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.

The Coalition is asking the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Congress to reject these newsprint tariffs and protect U.S. jobs. STOPP has launched a new website and is inviting other interested parties to join in the fight to overturn these tariffs.

CNPA will benefit from its participation in the coalition by getting access to strategies and information that will aid in its efforts to persuade the California Congressional Delegation to oppose and defeat the tariffs.

Current members of the coalition include American Society of News Editors, Association of Alternative Newsmedia, Association of American Publishers, Association for Print Technologies, Book Manufacturer’s Institute, Catalyst Paper, Inland Press Association, Kruger, Local Search Association, National Newspaper Association, News Media Alliance, Printing Industries of America, Quad Graphics, Rayonier Advance Materials, Resolute Forest Products, Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, Trusted Media Brands (formerly Readers Digest Association), Valassis Communications, and Worzalla.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has already begun to collect cash deposits from importers of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada based on the new rates.

Paper producers have significantly increased prices in an attempt to absorb the duties, and newsprint manufacturers with low rates are being asked for supply and are raising prices on their inventory because of higher demand.

Yesterday, the Gilroy Dispatch published an editorial questioning the administrations’ motives for imposing the tariffs and calling for a reversal of the decision.