Statement by Canada on U.S. countervailing duties on imports of Canadian uncoated groundwood paper


January 9, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary determination in the countervailing duty investigation on imports of Canadian uncoated groundwood paper:

“We are deeply disappointed with the unjustified preliminary countervailing duty rates announced today by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"Any duties will have a direct and negative impact on ‎U.S. newspapers, especially those in small cities and towns, ‎and result in job losses in the American printing sector‎.

“Our government is committed to helping our forest industry enhance existing trade relationships and diversify trade with new international markets.

“Canada’s forest industry sustains good, middle-class jobs and provides economic opportunities for rural and Indigenous communities across our country. We will continue to work with our forest industry, provinces and territories, and communities across Canada to defend this vital sector against unfair and unwarranted U.S. trade measures and practices.”


Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Alexandre Deslongchamps
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources

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