New tariffs on Canadian newsprint hitting home

Dorothy Kegley

The U.S. Department of Commerce upped the tariff on Canadian newsprint by approximately 30 percent last month, and that’s hitting small newspapers and printers very hard. Canada furnishes most of the newsprint for the United States, according to Rod Christensen, President and CEO of Christensen Printing and Publishing in Shawano.

The company runs twenty-four hours a day, cranking out 135 magazines, shoppers, and local newspapers, like the Florence Mining News and The Forest Republican. Christensen said he takes in roughly 60 tons of the Canadian paper each week. The tariff will cost him an additional $40,000 a month.

For the full story see this week’s edition of the Florence Mining News or The Forest Republican.