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U.S. will proceed with countervailing duty on supercalendered paper

November 19, 2015 - A ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission that the U.S. paper industry is materially injured by imports of supercalendered paper from Canada will result in a countervailing duty of up to 20 per cent on these products.

The affected exporters are Port Hawkesbury Paper, Resolute Forest Products, Catalyst Paper and Irving Pulp & Paper.

Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, stepped up in defense of the Canadian producers and requested a binational panel review, under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final determination on supercalendered paper.

“Canada believes that the U.S. Department of Commerce erred in calculating subsidy rates on Canadian exports of supercalendered paper,” said Freeland.

On October 14, 2015, the U.S. announced final countervailing duty rates, which will be assessed on imports of supercalendered paper from Canada after the final countervailing order is published in early December. This final order will follow the recent determination by the U.S. International Trade Commission that these imports have caused injury to U.S. producers.

Canadian producers have announced plans to fight the decision.

For more background on this story, visit "U.S. raises duties on supercalendered paper from Canadian mills" and "U.S. assigns countervailing duty to Canadian supercalendered paper."