ITC Votes Unanimously Against Newsprint Tariff
From the start, we knew this tax on newsprint would immediately harm commercial printing companies, book printers, service companies, equipment suppliers, and ultimately, consumers. After analyzing the facts, the ITC has issued the right decision to protect American jobs across the country. The printing industry can now breathe a sigh of relief.
Newsprint used by U.S. newspapers and commercial printers consists of two-thirds of uncoated groundwood paper. The spike in the cost of paper promptedharmacross the industry—and forced many local newspapers to scale back reporting and reduce the number of editions they publish. The tariffs also repressed demand by small businesses that use printed advertising inserts and flyers to reach customers.
Today’s victory demonstrates the powerful results the printing industry can achieve when we flex our political might. In the face of the threat to 600,000 American jobs in the newspaper, retail, printing, and publishing industries, PIA joined forces with a broad and diverse coalition to pursue all available avenues to advocate that public officials help put an end to the tariffs. Results included a petition signed by more than 11,000Americans from all 50 states. More than 150 members of Congress expressed opposition to the tariffs with letters to key Administration officials, testimony delivered before the ITC, or co-sponsorship of legislation in theHouseandSenate. In addition, both theTeamstersand theCommunication Workers of Americawrote letters opposing the tariffs.