Nova Scotia mill to fight US decision on paper subsidies

Port Hawkesbury Paper calls interim duty of 20.33% by the US Department of Commerce unfair and without merit.

PORT HAWKESBURY, NS — A Canadian paper mill says it will defend against a decision by the US government concerning subsidies on supercalendered paper products.

Port Hawkesbury Paper calls the interim duty of 20.33% announced by the US Department of Commerce unfair and without merit.

The ruling is a result of the petition filed by two American producers of supercalendered paper that say the Canadian paper goods are unfairly subsidized.

Marc Dube, development manager of Port Hawkesbury Paper, says the company intends to prove the imposition of duties is not valid and will try to have them reduced or eliminated.

The US producers filed the trade petition months ago, asking that countervailing duties be imposed on supercalendered paper imported from Canada.

Dube says the mill’s legal team will review the decision, adding that US officials will visit the mill in Nova Scotia to discuss the matter.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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