Canada welcomes U.S. decision to rescind duties on imports of Canadian supercalendered paper

News release

July 10, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canada welcomes the decision by the United States to rescind its duties on imports of Canadian supercalendered paper and to refund all duties collected since August 2015.

On July 5, 2018, the WTO circulated a panel report concerning Canada’s challenge to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s subsidy determination against Canadian supercalendered paper and a U.S. practice of finding Canadian exporters to be non-cooperative, and then artificially increasing the subsidy rate assessed on them during the duty investigation.

The panel found that the Department of Commerce’s practices breached numerous WTO obligations.  

It also found that the Department of Commerce improperly included an inflated subsidy rate for non-cooperation in an average rate for other Canadian companies that were later found to have minimal or no subsidy rates.  

On July 6, 2018, the Department of Commerce announced that it was revoking the duty measure, effective July 5, 2018. Canada welcomes this action.

Canada is a strong supporter of rules-based international trade and looks to its trade partners to also uphold their international obligations.

Canada’s forestry industry supports thousands of well-paying jobs across the country. The Government of Canada will always defend Canadian industry, workers and communities.

Quotes

“No two nations depend more on each other for their mutual prosperity than the United States and Canada. Our relationship supports millions of middle-class jobs on both sides of the border. The WTO panel report supports fair and due process for the Canadian forestry industry and for Canadian workers.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Adam.Austen@international.gc.ca

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