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PIA Joins Paper Trade Case Coalition

Posted Monday, February 5, 2018 by Jules VanSant.

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Following the strong support of the Board of Directors of Printing Industries of America (PIA), PIA and its allies moved last week to formally launch the STOPP Coalition, which stands for Stop Tariffs on Print and Publishers.

PIA spent time on Capitol Hill this week educating key members of Congress on the market impacts of levying trade remedies on Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper, particularly for print customers in the Midwest and Northeast (90 percent of newsprint in these regions is imported across the northern border).

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) had already emerged as a vocal champion on the issue; this week Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made it a bipartisan issue by publishing a passionate letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on behalf of the industry. (Both Isakson and Schumer were solid advocates of preserving the advertising deduction as well.)

PIA member companies with a particular interest in this issue are encouraged to contact Lisbeth Lyons at llyons@printing.org to be involved in grassroots advocacy.