A CMO Council Strategic Interest Group

CMO Council Association For Print Technologies

Aug 29 2018


On collaborative efforts of the STOPP coalition's pursuit to terminate ITC imposed duties on Canadian uncoated groundwood paper

Reston, VA—Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech℠) Vice President, Government Affairs Mark J. Nuzzaco praised the International Trade Commission’s decision to terminate duties on Canadian uncoated groundwood (UGW) paper (newsprint) announced today. He also endorsed the statement issued by Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers (STOPP), a coalition of printers, publishers, retailers, paper suppliers, distributors and printing technology suppliers—of which APTech is a member—agreeing that the ITC’s decision will help to preserve the vitality of local newspapers threatened by an unwarranted “paper tax”, and prevent job losses in the printing and publishing sectors that employ 600,000 Americans.

Earlier this year the U.S. Commerce Department (DOC) imposed anti-dumping and countervailing duties on UGW newsprint made in Canada in response to a petition filed by North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC)—an outlier in the industry—that alleged it was facing injury from unfair trade practices by Canada. Today the ITC disagreed with those allegations and eliminated the duties, ruling that U.S. newsprint producers were not materially harmed by imports from Canada. In contrast, the increase in newsprint costs resulting from the DOC imposed duties was harming printers, publishers, newspapers, technology suppliers and ultimately consumers in the value chain. Local papers scaled back reporting and reduce the number of editions they publish, and advertising inserts, often used by small businesses, were repressed. Fortunately, these artificially inflicted distortions to the marketplace are now removed.

APTech commends the successful collaborative efforts of the broad and diverse STOPP coalition that pursued all available avenues to enlist the public and their elected representatives in Congress to speak out against the duties. Their voices were heard.

For more information contact Vice President, Government Affairs, Mark J. Nuzzaco at phone: 703/264-7235, or e-mail: mnuzzaco@aptech.org.

About the Association for Print Technologies (APTechSM)
The Association for PRINT Technologies (formerly known as NPES) is a purpose-driven organization dedicated to supporting the entire commercial printing value chain. We believe in helping our members maximize alignment with their value chain partners to be more effective and competitive. Printing has been vital to communication for decades; today, the digital culture has heightened our industry’s complexity and reframed its relevance. APTech’s signature event—PRINT®—answers the call by bringing the boldest and brightest innovators, influencers, and newest technology together to create connections that showcase and advance our industry. For complete information about the Association, its programs, and its member companies, visit: www.PrintTechnologies.org or phone: 703/264-7200.