July 17, 2018, will be the critical date for the Stop Tariffs on Printers and Publishers Coalition, as it tries to roll back tariffs imposed upon Canadian newsprint shipments into the U.S.
That is the date when the International Trade Commission will hear testimony from members of Congress, economists, paper producers and others on whether tariffs are justified.
Tariffs have been in place since January on shipments from Canada, as a result of two complaints brought by the North Pacific Paper Co. of Longview, WA, in August, 2017, alleging that Canadian suppliers receive unfair subsidies and charge prices in the U.S. that are lower than available in Canada.
The ITC has already made a preliminary finding that injury to domestic paper products has possibly occurred.
These findings led the Department of Commerce to implement a tax on uncoated groundwood paper from Canada, which includes newsprint, of nearly 6.5 percent on many producers in January, up to 22 percent in March.