PrintingImpressions: Printers, Publishers Fight Back Against Import Tariffs on Canadian Uncoated Groundwood Paper

Mark Michelson

Although the long-term financial impact of tariffs on imported steel and aluminum (e.g., aluminum printing plates and foreign-made printing equipment) is uncertain – due to varying percentages and exceptions made for certain countries – preliminary countervailing and antidumping duties now being added to the price of imported Canadian uncoated groundwood papers is certainly causing havoc for U.S. printers and publishers of newspapers, directories, books and advertising circulars. Due to combined tariffs of up to 32%, as I write this newsprint is averaging around $655 per metric ton, with further price hikes already announced.

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