US investigates on Supercalendered Paper imports from Canada
In the event of setback initiated by the US Department of Commerce has rippled Pulp & Paper trade industry from Canada, which ordered to investigate on the countervailing duty and Supercalendered Paper imports from its neighbor, the current happening unfolded on the request by the Coalition for Fair Paper Imports, an ad-hoc association comprising two American manufacturers of Supercalendered Paper namely Madison Paper Industries and Verso Corp.
As per the media reports flocking in & around, the primary target of the coalition is Port Hawkesbury Paper in Nova Scotia and the story by various sources indicate that the Canadian companies named in coalition’s petition include Resolute Forest Products Inc., Port Hawkesbury Paper, Irving Paper Ltd. and Catalyst Paper Corp.
The US International Trade Commission is set to provide its preliminary hearing about the product quality by April 13th 2015. If the trade commission determines there’s a considerable rate of product deficiency on Supercalendered Paper from Canada and threatening the domestic paper industry it may subject to revoke the trade license as well as impact on imports. The documented investigation will be submitted to the Department of Commerce by May 2015 resulting the future of paper trade between the US and Canada.
The scope of investigation covers wide range properties of supercalendered paper regardless of the weight, opacity, brightness, smoothness or grade and paper in rolls or sheets. It intends to investigate on uncoated paper, which meets the scope definition regardless of type of pulp fibre or filler material used.
As per the Department of Commerce, imports of supercalendered paper from Canada stood at 1.4 million tons in 2012, 1.6 million tons in 2013 and 1.1 million tons in 2014. Imports total valued last year at $868 million.
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