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Forest Industry Braces for Latest Trade Battle With U.S.

(Carl Meyer – National Observer)

Canada could be hit in the next few weeks by new duties on billions of dollars of newsprint exports to the United States, the lumber industry warned on Monday.

Derek Nighbor, CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), said in an interview that he’s anticipating that Washington will slap preliminary countervailing duties and anti-dumping duties on Canadian newsprint exports “in early to mid-January.”

“This kind of protectionist, silly time we’re in, as far as Canada-U.S. trade goes — it’s pretty frustrating," said Nighbor at the FPAC office in Ottawa on Dec. 18.

American authorities appear set to issue duties on Jan. 8 and Jan. 16, 2018 on what's known as “uncoated groundwood paper,” which is used in newsprint and book publishing. Click here to read more.