CRA economists advise on impact of Canadian newsprint tariffs

CRA economists advised counsel to News Media Alliance and Quad Graphics on the impact of tariffs imposed on US imports of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada. Groundwood paper is used for newspapers and book publishing.

CRA economists evaluated the US demand for newsprint and the supply of newsprint to the US market, and simulated the net effect of the tariffs on the US market. CRA was able to estimate the impact of the tariffs and demonstrate harm to the US newsprint industry. On August 29, 2018, following its own internal investigation, the ITC found that there was no material injury to Us producers of groundwood paper resulting from Canadian imports, which in turn led to the termination of preliminary duties imposed by the Us Commerce Department earlier in the year.

The team was led by Peter Boberg and included Ioana Dan and Mitchell Ginsburg, an international trade policy expert with extensive experience in anti-dumping and countervailing investigations and who has provided testimony before the World Trade Organization’s dispute settlement panels.

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