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U.S. tariffs on Canadian newsprint struck down

The International Trade Commission today removed tariffs on newsprint that increased the price of newsprint by as much as 28 percent.

The administration had imposed the tariff on Canadian newsprint at the request of a single American provider.

"The troubles of the Washington paper company were caused by the shift to digital media — not by heavy subsidies from Canada, as they claim," Sen. Charles Schumer wrote in The Buffalo News last month.

Schumer fought the tariffs on the grounds that they would kill American jobs.

“These tariffs were extremely harmful to our regional newspapers — the lifeblood of our local communities – and I worked hard to remove them. The International Trade Commission made the exactly right decision today to completely eliminate them. I will remain vigilant to make sure that they never return,” he said in a statement.

The New York Democrat said the tariffs had increased the prices of newsprint from 24 to 28 percent in the region.

"The impact of permanent tariffs on our struggling newspaper industry would be even more severe: Costs would stay high, causing subscription prices to rise, pages or journalists to be cut and yet more precious customers to fall away," Schumer wrote in July.

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