According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased three percent in December 2019 compared to December 2018. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased six percent in December 2019 compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased one percent when compared to November 2019. •U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers in December 2019 increased four percent compared to last December while the inventory level decreased three percent compared to November 2019. UFS imports decreased 29 percent while exports increased 15 percent in November 2019. click read more below for additional info
Irving Paper received notification from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) of a preliminary determination of 7.99% duty on exports of SC paper to the United States. At this time we are awaiting receipt of the DOC’s report which details the reasons for this duty calculation. We are disappointed in the decision made by DOC. Although this is a significant improvement from the current rate of more than 18.85% we had expected our rate to be significantly lower than 7.99%. We will need to review Commerce’s written decision to understand the basis of the decision.
This preliminary determination does not immediately change the current rate of 18.85% which Irving Paper is paying on shipments into the U.S.
Between February and April of 2017 the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue the final rate.