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Inland joins coalition of printers and publishers to demand a ‘STOPP’ to newsprint tariffs

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Inland Press Association is a founding member of a broad coalition of associations and businesses in the publishing, printing and paper industries that is fighting proposed tariffs on imported Canadian newsprint and other papers—actions the coalition believes threatens industries that employ more than 600,000 workers.

STOPP, the coalition to Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers, is asking the International Trade Commission (ITC) and Congress to reject proposed countervailing duties and anti-dumping duties on imports of Canadian uncoated groundwood papers —tariffs that range up to 32% combined—that were assessed by the Department of Commerce in January and March.

At stake, STOPP says, are thousands of U.S. jobs since the duties will saddle U.S. printing and publishing businesses—including newspapers—with significantly increased production costs.

These substantial tariffs were imposed as a result of a petition filed by North Pacific Paper Company, a single paper mill in Washington state owned by the hedge fund One Rock Capital Partners since November 2016. STOPP calls NORPAC an “outlier in the paper industry that is looking to use the U.S. government for its own financial gain.”

The STOPP coalition is concerned that these CVD and AD duties, which range up to 32 percent combined, will saddle U.S. printing and publishing businesses with increased costs and threaten thousands of American jobs.

The Coalition is asking the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Congress to reject these newsprint tariffs and protect U.S. jobs.

In addition to Inland, members of the STOPP coalition include: American Society of News Editors, Association of Alternative Newsmedia, Association of American Publishers, Association for Print Technologies, Book Manufacturer’s Institute, Catalyst Paper, Kruger, Local Search Association, National Newspaper Association, News Media Alliance, Printing Industries of America, Quad Graphics, Rayonier Advance Materials, Resolute Forest Products, Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, Trusted Media Brands (formerly Readers Digest Association), Valassis Communications, and Worzalla. 

STOPP has launched a new website: www.stopnewsprinttariffs.org and is inviting other interested parties to join in the fight to overturn these tariffs.
The impact of these tariffs on newspapers, paper producers, book publishers and others has the potential to be devastating to entire industries, STOPP members say.

“Newsprint is the second largest expense for small newspapers after human resource costs,” said Susan Rowell, publisher of the Lancaster (SC) News and president of the National Newspaper Association. “A decision by the federal government to impose tariffs on our paper supply would imperil our news-gathering missions and put jobs in jeopardy at our newspapers and at many other organizations and companies in our communities that rely upon a healthy newspaper.”

“The bottom line is these tariffs on uncoated groundwood paper would not protect domestic paper producers. Paper manufacturers are not able to absorb the cost of the tariff and have already let it be known that the tariff will be passed on to U.S. consumers,” said Joel Quadracci, chairman, president & CEO of Quad/Graphics. “This will result in driving up the costs of print and force an even faster migration to digital options at a time when our industry is already being severely disrupted. This will result in the loss of U.S. jobs. In the case of rural residents with no broadband access, they will end up underserved with no newspaper either.”

“Publishers are already feeling the negative consequences of a tighter newsprint market and higher prices because of these preliminary newsprint duties,” said David Chavern, president and CEO of News Media Alliance. “We will turn over every stone to fight these duties so that there is no disruption in the flow of news and information to the citizens who rely upon printed newspapers throughout the country.”