ITC reverses newsprint tariffs

Paul Boyle, senior VP for Public Policy at the News Media Alliance, this morning informed CNPA that the International Trade Commission unanimously voted to terminate duties currently being applied to imported Canadian newsprint.

The commission’s reasoning will be disclosed when it issues a final report on Sept. 17. The cash deposits will be refunded to newsprint manufacturers, but that will take several months.

“Today is a great day for American journalism,” said David Chavern, CEO of NMA. “The ITC’s decision will help to preserve the vitality of local newspapers and prevent additional job losses in the printing and publishing sectors. “The end of these unwarranted tariffs means local newspapers can focus once again on playing a vital role in our democracy by keeping citizens informed and connected to the daily life of their communities.” Read the entire statement here.

It is heartening that the ITC recognized the threat to democracy that these unnecessary and unfair tariffs posed and the unique and important role that newspapers serve in our system of government. CNPA was at the forefront of this battle, investing a considerable amount of staff time and resources to help NMA and the STOPP Coalition achieve this outstanding result.

Thank you to members who spoke to our legislators on this issue and advocated against the tariffs in their publications. Your voices made a significant difference.

Please do not hesitate to contact CNPA’s Jim Ewert if you have any questions.