U.S. Commerce Dept. Announces Final Coated Paper Duty Margins

Leo Gerard, International President of the USW said, “Last week the International Trade Commission heard from the companies and their customers, the union and elected officials from around the country of the injury that has been inflicted by Chinese and Indonesian coated paper producers who are, to put it simply, cheating. They’ve engaged in unfair trade practices to advance their interests at the cost of production and jobs here in the U.S. Commerce’s decision today further validates their unfair pricing and sets the stage for final action to restore a competitive market.”

“Working together, the companies and the Steelworkers have fought for a fair and level playing field,” stated George Martin, president and chief executive officer of NewPage Corporation. “Today’s action is welcome news for the industry and its employees as they look to a future where they can compete fairly based on the quality of the products they produce, the investments that have been made in new technology, and sustainable forestry practices.”

Mark Gardner, president and chief executive officer of Sappi Fine Paper North America said, “Commerce’s recognition of the impact of dumped and subsidized products sends a message that our government is interested in restoring a competitive market in coated paper. We have presented before the International Trade Commission a clear and compelling case that these dumped and subsidized products have in fact injured our businesses, depriving our employees of enriching jobs. We are hopeful the Commission will recognize that injury in its final determination next month.”

“Our members work hard and play by the rules,” said Jon Geenen, USW International Vice President. “All they want is a fair chance to compete. This decision shows clearly what they’ve been up against in terms of unfair trade practices of the producers they have to compete against.”

“It’s time, once and for all, for us to have the rules of fair trade enforced and the government to stand up for their interests. The domestic industry has experienced capacity reductions and under-utilization resulting in the loss of jobs in communities all across the country. The petitions show that unfairly traded imports from China and Indonesia are a significant contributor to that underutilization of capacity, mill closures and resultant job loss,” said Geenen.

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  • http://PaulCarney Paul Carney

    So the paper companies forgot their clients. You can now buy the whole printed product from China instead of just the paper. Domestic mills are free to raise their prices and who wins? It will soon cost more to print on the more expensive paper than to just buy the whole thing off-shore. Am I missing something?

  • http://JeffPeterson Jeff Peterson

    The only ones that get hurt by this move are all the US printers out there who have to pay a lot more for the same paper! All these big US paper companies are now flexing their power and making us small guys pay so much more for paper. I hope this tariff goes away really soon so we can start buying from China once again. I will not support any of these three paper companies or the old unions that have no place in today’s business world. This is bad news for everyone in the printing industry except for the big paper companies!

  • http://charles charles

    Tariffs on paper help the US paper industry but not the US printing industry. In additon to paper, they should also place high tariffs on printed products coming from China. We have all lost printing due to cheap chinese paper and laber.

  • http://GeorgeStulpin George Stulpin

    How about the Dept. of Commerce
    checking into the dumping of Chinese printing in the US market. They are selling printing at 30 to40% below our cost. So now we will have a prosperous paper industry, but no printers!

  • http://RobertNost Robert Nost

    You are both missing the point. Unfair trade doesn’t only effect the paper industry. It has a negative impact on all manufacturing in this country. Until we all wake up and realize that this country can not prosper without a strong manufacturing base we will continue to hurt our economy. Simply put we can’t compete against child labor, impoverished workers and unfair unfair manufacturing practices.