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Canada Files WTO Complaint About Chinese Wood Pulp Duties

Posted October 17, 2014

Under International Trade Issues

(CBC News)

Canada has made a formal complaint to the World Trade Organization over China imposing what Ottawa says are unfair duties on Canadian companies that ship a certain type of wood pulp there.

Canada made a formal complaint to the global trade watchdog today, claiming that in November 2013 and April 2014, China imposed dumping duties between 13 and 23 per cent on Canadian lumber companies including Fortress Paper and Tembec. [...]

The type of pulp in question here is known as dissolving pulp, which is used to make rayon, cellophane, photographic film and medical surgery products.

Canada argues the duties “appear to be inconsistent with China’s obligations under various provisions of the Anti-Dumping Agreement and the [General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade],” a statement on the WTO website reads. Read more here.