WASHINGTON — Reps. Brian Higgins of Buffalo and Elise Stefanik of Essex County are teaming up to oppose a U.S. Department of Commerce effort to impose tariffs on Canadian newsprint.
“The proposed duties would cause undue burden, destabilizing the industry, forcing increases in subscription rates for consumers and reducing jobs in an area already stretched thin,” said Higgins, a Democrat.
Stefanik, a Republican, agreed.
“Our North Country economy relies on strong trade with our Canadian neighbors and these proposed duties would harm the many businesses that rely on these paper products,” she said.
Higgins, Stefanik and 33 other House members wrote a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to protest the proposed tariffs, which resulted from Northern Pacific Paper Co.'s complaint that Canadian paper manufacturers were undercutting their prices. The Commerce Department issued a preliminary ruling earlier this week that would impose tariffs of up to 10 percent on Canadian paper, but the department is not set to finalize its decision until May 22.