PRE­MIER COM­MIT­TED TO FIGHT­ING NEWS­PA­PER TAR­IFF

Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment will make site visit to Cor­ner Brook Pulp and Pa­per in March

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE KEARSEY dkearsey@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

Pre­mier Dwight Ball is com­mit­ted to work­ing with ma­jor stake­hold­ers in the forestry in­dus­try in this prov­ince to ad­dress con­cerns about a ten­ta­tive Amer­i­can tar­iff on Cana­dian newsprint.

A coun­ter­vail­ing duty on newsprint im­ported to the United States was an­nounced ear­lier this week and Cor­ner Brook Pulp and Pa­per will be among the com­pa­nies hard­est hit with a 9.93 per cent duty added onto its prod­ucts shipped to the United States.

More worry could be headed this way as early as March when the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment may in­tro­duce an an­tidump­ing tar­iff for pa­per the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment feels was sold into its mar­kets at lower prices than it should have been.

Ball, who spoke about the sit­u­a­tion Fri­day af­ter a press con­fer­ence, said his gov­ern-

ment is al­most fin­ished its anal­y­sis of the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to him about the ten­ta­tive tar­iff.

He’s ex­pected to sit down with mill of­fi­cials in the near

fu­ture and he also said rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the U. S. fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s fi­nance depart­ment are ex­pected to make a site visit to the mill in March of this year.

“We’re pre­par­ing the ar­gu­ments and the de­fence, I guess you might say, about the de­ci­sion that was made,” Ball said of the ex­pected visit to the mill.

The tar­iff is ex­pected to be in ef­fect in less than a week so he’s com­mit­ted to mak­ing a clear stance on the is­sue, know­ing the mill is a vi­tal part of western New­found­land and the forestry sec­tor is dear to all parts of the prov­ince.

“It’s right around the cor­ner, but we’re go­ing to con­tinue to work with the com­pany to make sure that we mit­i­gate the im­pact on the econ­omy in our prov­ince be­cause this is not just about Cor­ner Brook Pulp and Pa­per … this is, in­deed, about the forestry in­dus­try in our prov­ince,” he said.

Ball said he will up­dat­ing the tax­pay­ers of the prov­ince ev­ery step of the way in the fight to pro­tect the fu­ture of the mill.

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