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US announces duties on imports of Canadian paper

AFP  |  Washington 

The has announced anti-duties on imports of one kind of paper from Canada, further straining tense trade relations.

At issue is what is called uncoated groundwood paper, used in newsprint. US imports of it from totaled USD 1.27 billion in 2016, the Commerce Department said.

The Americans argue that the Canadian paper has been sold in the country at less than its fair value.

The duties are preliminary pending more investigation and a final decision in August.

For now, US importers of this product will have to pay cash deposits equivalent to 22.16 per cent of the price of what they bring in from

The decision follows a complaint filed by a US firm,

The is Canada's biggest trading partner and vice versa but relations have grown tense since came to power in January of last year.

He has forced a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with and Mexico, arguing that it was a bad deal for the US.

Last week Trump gave Canada and a temporary exemption from new tariffs on and aluminum imports. But he said the tariffs would in fact be imposed if the NAFTA talks did not yield a deal that satisfied him.

"Enforcement of US is a prime focus of the Trump administration," said in a statement.

"From January 20, 2017, through March 13, 2018, the Commerce Department has initiated 102 antidumping and countervailing duty investigations - a 96 percent increase from the same period in 2016-2017," he added.

This kind of paper was already hit by preliminary US countervailing duties announced in January.

said it was "disappointed" by the new US measure.

"Any duties will have a direct and negative impact on US newspapers, especially those in small cities and towns, and result in job losses in the American printing sector," the and minister of natural resources said in a statement.

The US announcement came as Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, was in to discuss bilateral trade relations.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 14:31 IST