Still a lot to do to fight against newsprint tariffs

We have previously updated you with regard to the ongoing saga of tariffs being imposed on uncoated groundwood paper used in newsprint. If you haven't already seen them, then you can read our updates here and here. At the time of our most recent update, the Department of Commerce (DOC) and the International Trade Commission (ITC) had each issued preliminary determinations that would eventually lead to the collection of duties by the Customs and Border Patrol as these materials were being imported into the United States. Specifically, DOC determined that subsidies from the Canadian government to mills in that country merited imposition of a countervailing duty in the range of 4.4 to 9.9 percent, depending on the particular company involved, though a separate finding indicated that an antidumping duty of up to 22 percent should be imposed. Newspapers are feeling the sting as collection of these duties at the border has increased the cost of paper and led at least one newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times, to announce layoffs.

This fight is far from over. Both the DOC and ITC proceedings are ongoing; Congress has now weighed in. You can add your voice, as well. Click here for a brief summary of recent and upcoming events and what you can do to help in each area. 

If you write anything on this issue, whether a letter to your member of Congress, an article, an editorial or an op-ed, please send it to ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin M. Goldberg at 703-812-0462 or