Canadian Paper Tariffs Overturned

September 7, 2018
Press Release
A win for print newspapers across the nation

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has reversed recent import tariffs on uncoated groundwood paper from Canada, after rejecting the Commerce Department’s argument that Canadian newsprint prices are harmful to the United States newsprint industry. The announcement comes as welcome news to newspapers across TX23 who have seen printing costs skyrocket since the tariffs were implemented.

U.S. Representative Will Hurd, who urged the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to reverse the tariffs in July, appreciated the victory. “Thousands of my constituents who are still without adequate internet access, especially in rural counties, rely on local papers as a daily source of news. Several of these papers that have been family owned and operated for multiple generations have seen costs rise as much as 20 percent and had to cut production for residents as a result. Tariffs that hurt locally-owned businesses and limit access to information have no place in Texas and I am pleased with the USITC’s decision to put an end to this,” said Hurd. “I am particularly grateful for the local papers in my district who resoundingly brought this issue to my attention so I could advocate on their behalf. My office is here, we are listening and we won’t stop fighting for you.”