RISI VIEWPOINT: Wild ride of US newsprint duties offers a rare case of higher prices accompanying tariffs

By Derek Mahlburg, Senior Economist, North American Graphic Paper

Over the past decade, the USA has initiated trade investigations of newsprint, supercalendered paper, coated sheets and cut size uncoated freesheet, but the collection of duties has often not been accompanied by price increases. The contrast between other graphic paper tariffs and the recent, now rescinded, US newsprint duties helps to illustrate how potential future tariffs might affect prices and markets for other grades and regions.

US newsprint buyers, not to mention many of their suppliers in Canada, breathed a huge sigh of relief when the US ITC ruled that imports of Canadian ...

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