Final push to reverse harmful newsprint tariffs

The final determination by the Department of Commerce last week reduced the tariffs on imported Canadian newsprint, however, the combined countervailing and anti-dumping duties still range up to 20 percent, depending upon the manufacturer.

While Commerce’s reduction was a positive step, these duties cannot be absorbed by newspapers and will result in newspapers continuing to take measures to reduce their consumption of newsprint, decrease coverage of significant community developments and may cause some community and rural newspapers to go out of business.

The News Media Alliance (NMA) is asking the International Trade Commission (ITC) to reverse these tariffs when it votes on this trade case on August 29. The ITC is investigating whether imports of newsprint have caused or threaten to cause material injury to U.S. newsprint producers. Newspaper publishers, Canadian newsprint manufacturers and 19 Members of Congress expressed opposition to these tariffs at an ITC hearing last month. The Teamsters and the Communications Workers of America also oppose these tariffs.

The ITC must reverse these tariffs to prevent future harm to publishers, printers and domestic paper producers.

CNPA is working with members of the California Congressional delegation on a letter to submit to the ITC by August 20 that expresses the legislators’ significant concerns about the impact of the tariffs on California newspapers and asking the ITC to reverse the tariffs.

If the ITC does not reverse these tariffs on August 29, however, these duties will continue to cause harm in the marketplace, unless Congress stops them.

NMA is asking publishers to contact their representatives in Congress to request that they become co-sponsors of the PRINT Act. As you can see from the links below, there are relatively few Reps. from California who have signed on to be co-sponsors.

From NMA:

Action Requested: We encourage you to contact your representatives and senators and ask that they co-sponsor the PRINT Act (S. 2835 / H.R. 6031), which would pause the collection of newsprint tariffs until further study is done on the impact on publishers and printers. We have provided background and talking points to aid you in your outreach. To date, 31 senators and 38 representatives have co-sponsored the legislation. Our goal is to reach 60 co-sponsors in the Senate and 100 in the House before Labor Day.

In the coming weeks, the Alliance staff will be calling you directly to follow-up on this request. In the meantime, if you have any questions or have reports on any communications with policymakers, please contact Paul Boyle.