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Chinese Paper Tariffs Rankle U.S. Printers —Michelson

May 2007

Interestingly, other paper manufacturers have remained largely mum on the NewPage petition and resulting DOC decision, even though several will likely benefit from the import duties imposed on lower-cost Chinese providers. I guess they’re being mindful not to anger any existing or potential customers that had been sourcing paper from overseas.

It makes you wonder, too, why the current administration would choose high-quality imported Chinese paper as the test case for instituting import tariffs against non-market economy countries, changing a governmental policy that dates back to the 1980s. However, given America’s reported $232.5 billion trade deficit with China, some analysts predict import duties might ensue on other Chinese products, if these paper tariffs make it through Chinese appeals in U.S. courts and at the World Trade Organization. The printing industry is already facing enough challenges without being at the center of a potential trade war between the United States and China.

Mark T. Michelson

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