U.S. tariffs on Canadian paper lower but still unfair

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Four portraits of Unifor forestry workers.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has lowered the assessed anti-dumping duties on Canadian paper mills, but Canada’s largest forestry union says the approach remains deeply misguided.

“Today’s announcement is no comfort to British Columbian pulp and paper workers whose jobs are threatened,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “We must stand up to the bully.”

The U.S. Department of Commerce amended anti-dumping duties on B.C. producer Catalyst Paper to 16.88%, down from the preliminary assessment 22% announced in March. Anti-dumping duties on mills in Quebec and Newfoundland operated by Kruger Inc. were dropped entirely.

The final step in the process of implementing tariffs is the U.S. International Trade Commission’s final determination, expected in September. Unifor says sitting on the sidelines and waiting is not an option.

“The federal government must take immediate action to stop these unfair duties and support the communities affected by Donald Trump's bully tactics,” said Renaud Gagné, Unifor Quebec Director.

Countervailing duties assessed on Canadian paper exporters, ranging from 3.38% to 9.81%, remain in place.

For more information on the union’s campaign and the risks that the tariffs have on Canada please visit unifor.org/stoptrumptariffs

As Canada’s largest forestry union, Unifor played a key role in securing a $867-million aid package for the softwood lumber industry in May 2017.