Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Seeks Intervention by the WTO over U.S. Duties on Supercalendered Paper

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Seeks Intervention by the WTO over U.S. Duties on Supercalendered Paper

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Canada goes to WTO over U.S. paper duties

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OTTAWA - Ottawa has asked the World Trade Organization to look into U.S. countervailing duties on almost $1 billion in annual exports of supercalendered paper from Canada.

International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wedenesday that the "request for consultations" with the WTO follows a decision back in November asking for a review of the issue by a binational panel under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Consultations are the first step in the WTO dispute settlement mechanism.

"Our government is committed to defending the interests of Canadian companies," Freeland said in a statement.

"We are pursuing this matter in both binational and multilateral bodies to ensure trade practices are fair, allowing businesses to operate on a level playing field. …

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