The U.S. International Trade Commission blocked the imposition of tariffs on Canadian newsprint, finding that the paper imports don’t injure U.S. producers.
The ITC is an independent trade commission, charged with making such determinations on tariff cases. Under U.S. trade law, imports are deemed improper not simply because they undercut U.S. producers but because they financially injure them as well.
The Commerce Department decided in early August that Canadian imports were improperly subsidized and dumped into the U.S. at below market costs. They later proposed tariffs on newsprint and other related products.