- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MADISON, Maine (AP) - U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin says the International Trade Association has found in favor of Madison Paper in its claim that Canadian subsidies created an unfair advantage for competitors.

Starting as early as next week, a 20 percent tariff will be collected at the U.S. border for shipments of a type of paper manufactured at the Port Hawkesbury Paper Mill in Nova Scotia.

The Madison mill that employs 200 people has curtailed operations and furloughed workers, blaming high energy costs and subsidized imports from Canada. The mill makes “supercalendered” paper - a paper with a high-gloss finish.

Poliquin hailed the decision, which is subject to further review. He said Maine paper workers can compete with “anybody, anywhere” if they have a level playing field.

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