UPDATE 1-U.S. finds Canada groundwood paper dumped, sets duties

From Reuters - March 13, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department said on Tuesday it had made a preliminary finding that some imports from Canada of uncoated groundwood paper used in newsprint were dumped, and imposed preliminary duties of up to 22.16 percent.

The antidumping duties are below those alleged by theWashington state petitioner, North Pacific Paper Co, of 23.45 to 54.97 percent, the department said in a statement.

This reduction in margins represents the Departments commitment to a process that is fair for all parties involved, it said.

A final decision in the investigation is expected about Aug. 2, it said.

The decision follows an announcement in August by the Commerce Department that it was launching an investigation into whether the product used in newspapers was being sold at below-market rates in the United States, and whether Canadian producers were receiving unfair subsidies.

In 2016, imports of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada were valued at an estimated $1.27 billion, it said.


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