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USITC Votes to Continue Investigation on Supercalendered Paper from Canada

April 10, 2015
News Release 15-031
Inv. No. 701-TA-530 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigation on Supercalendered Paper from Canada

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of supercalendered paper from Canada that are allegedly subsidized by the government of Canada.

Chairman Meredith M. Broadbent, Vice Chairman Dean A. Pinkert, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, David S. Johanson, and Rhonda K. Schmidtlein voted in the affirmative.  Commissioner F. Scott Kieff did not participate in this investigation.

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its investigation on imports of this product from Canada, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about May 22, 2015.

The Commission’s public report Supercalendered Paper from Canada (Investigation No. 701-TA-530 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4529, April 2015) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available after May 11, 2015.  After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:

Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436


Supercalendered Paper from Canada
Investigation No. 701-TA-530 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Supercalendered paper is an uncoated printing paper made from mechanical pulp, chemical pulp, fillers, and additives. The finish (surface) of supercalendered paper is produced by the movement of the paper web through a supercalender, a vertical stack of alternating steel rolls and cotton rolls. The rolls apply heat and pressure to the paper, imparting a gloss to the surface and increasing its smoothness and density. Supercalendered paper is used to make a variety of printed materials which require high quality color printing and photographic images, such as magazines, retail inserts, flyers, directories, catalogs, direct mail inserts, corporate brochures, and coupons.  

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation:  Preliminary countervailing duty.
2. Petitioners:  Coalition for Fair Paper Imports, an ad hoc association of U.S. producers that includes Madison Paper Industries, Inc. and Verso Corp.
3. Commission’s conference:  March 19, 2015.
4. USITC vote:  April 10, 2015.
5. USITC determination:  April 14, 2015.
6. USITC views:  April 21, 2015.

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of producers in 2014:  Three.
2. Location of producers’ plants:  Maine, Minnesota, and South Carolina.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2014:  [1]
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2014:  1
5. Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2014:  1

U.S. Imports:

1. From the subject country during 2014:  1
2. From other countries during 2014:  1
3. Leading sources during 2014:  Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Belgium (in terms of total value).


[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.


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