RISI VIEWPOINT: Could tariffs currently in place on Canadian lumber and SC paper expand to newsprint and uncoated mechanical specialties?

By John Maine, Vice President, World Graphic Paper, RISI

The question of alleged Canadian government subsidies for its forest products industry has been a topic of debate for many decades. The discussion had previously been focused on wood products, but expanded in 2015 when US producers fought for and gained significant tariff protection against some, but not all, of the Canadian producers of SC paper. Those tariffs currently range from 0% to 20%. Now there is a new move by one US producer to try and expand the tariffs even further to include newsprint and other uncoated mechanical (Ume) grades.

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