Norpac calls for antidumping and countervailing duties on Canadian paper imports
16 August 2017
Norpac has objected to what it claims are cheap offers of paper from Canada on the US market. The company demands that antidumping and countervailing duties be imposed on certain grades of uncoated groundwood paper.
US manufacturer of printing and writing paper North Pacific Paper Company (Norpac) filed a petition with the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) on 9 August to impose antidumping and countervailing duties on Canadian imports of certain grades of uncoated groundwood paper, including newsprint. USITC granted the petition and has launched an investigation into the allegations.
According to official USITC documents, the investigation covers uncoated groundwood paper which has been made with at least 50% of groundwood pulp or deinked pulp, weighing not more than 90 g/m².
Norpac complains of asymmetric competition conditions. The company argued that Canadian companies enjoyed state subsidies and were therefore able to sell paper cheaper on the US market.