ITC Panel Votes Down Newsprint Tariffs

In a victory for NewsGuild-CWA members, the International Trade Commission voted Wednesday to reverse a tariff increase on uncoated groundwood paper used for newsprint. Newspapers have blamed the tariff increase for layoffs and for reductions in print editions. The tariffs were opposed by a wide variety of groups, including journalists, elected officials, and newspaper owners and managers.

CWA President Chris Shelton contacted the commission in July, urging it to consider the effects of the tariffs on the U.S. news industry. “Given the upheaval already facing the newspaper industry, I am concerned that steep duties on imported uncoated groundwood paper from Canada could make it even harder for newspapers to succeed in the current economic environment,” Shelton wrote.