Help us stop tariffs on newsprint

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The Coalition to Stop Tariffs on Printers and Publishers is asking newspapers to take a stand and join the fight against unwarranted preliminary countervailing and antidumping duties imposed this year by the Department of Commerce on Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper, which includes newsprint used by newspapers, printers and other publishers. Combined, these duties climb as high as 32 percent. 

Here are ways you can help now:

Alert your readers to what is at stake.  

  • Write an editorial for publication in your newspaper.
    • Here are examples of excellent op-eds run by newspapers outlining the damaging impact that these tariffs will have on newspapers: the Tampa Bay Times and the Green Valley News
    • Publish this op-ed by News Media Alliance President & CEO David Chavern
    • Share copies of editorials you publish with cindy@snpa.org. We'll share editorials written by your staff on the SNPA Facebook page.

Contact your governor, and representatives and senators in the U.S. Congress, and ask them to request that the ITC reject these newsprint tariffs.

  • Members of Congress will be in congressional districts/states from March 26-April 6.  This is a good time for a personal meeting or to contact them in their local offices.

Here are talking points on the issue that you can use in editorials or in communications with members of Congress/governors.

The government is now collecting these duties at the border, and Canadian manufacturers are already passing these new taxes on to newspapers. The Coalition has heard these tariffs have driven up newsprint prices by 20-30 percent. Newsprint supplies have tightened and some newspapers are being told that orders cannot be met.

As the International Trade Commission (ITC) begins its final investigation in this case, now is the time to add your newspaper's voice to that of the Coalition.

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