Press Herald: Maine’s senators submit bill to delay tariff on newsprint

DENNIS HOEY and EDWARD D. MURPHY

Maine’s two U.S. senators have introduced a bill to delay final implementation of an import tax on Canadian newsprint.

Federal agencies have begun imposing a tariff on imported newsprint of as much as 32 percent, and critics say it is already hurting U.S. newspapers and other print publications.

 The tariff was implemented this year after a U.S. newsprint manufacturer in Washington state complained that Canada was unfairly subsidizing newsprint manufacturing, primarily through energy subsidies. That led the Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission to impose the import duty to level the playing field.

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