Norwich Bulletin: Courtney among group seeking to eliminate newsprint tariff
NORWICH - Despite the federal government lowering a tariff affecting U.S. newspapers, local stakeholders and public officials would like to see the border tax eliminated altogether.
Last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced final determinations in the antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations of imports of uncoated groundwood paper, also known as newsprint, from Canada resulting in a reduction on the tariff, previously capped at 22.16 percent to a rate capped at 16.88 percent.
According to the Department of Commerce, there is only one petitioner seeking the tariff -- North Pacific Paper Company of Longview, Wash.
“There are only five mills in the country that manufacture newsprint. Nobody in this part of the country gets newsprint from the western part of the country,” Shawn Palmer, president of the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association, said during a meeting with U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) at The Bulletin on Wednesday. “All of our paper comes from Canada. That’s where we get it from.”