Canada seeks in­ter­ven­tion by the WTO over U.S. du­ties on su­per­cal­en­dered pa­per


Ot­tawa says it wants the World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion to look into U.S. coun­ter­vail­ing du­ties on al­most $1 bil­lion in an­nual ex­ports of su­per­cal­en­dered pa­per from Canada.

In­ter­na­tional Trade Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land says the “re- quest for con­sul­ta­tions” with the WTO fol­lows a de­ci­sion back in Novem­ber ask­ing for a re­view of the is­sue by a bi­na­tional panel un­der the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment.

Con­sul­ta­tions are the first step in the WTO dis­pute set­tle­ment mech­a­nism.

The U.S. Com­merce De­part- ment has an­nounced du­ties of be­tween 17.87 and 20.18 per cent on Cana­dian su­per­cal­en­dered pa­per, a type of un­coated ground­wood pa­per com­monly used in news­pa­per in­serts and fly­ers.

It said the de­ci­sion fol­lowed an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that found Amer­i­can pro­duc­ers had been in­jured by sub­si­dized im­ports of su­per­cal­en­dered pa­per from Canada. At the time, Canada said it be­lieved that U.S. of­fi­cials “erred in cal­cu­lat­ing sub­sidy rates.”

Ex­ports of su­per­cal­en­dered pa­per from Canada to the United States were val­ued at $959 mil­lion in 2014.

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