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Trade Commission: Maine Papermakers Harmed by Canadian Subsidies

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. International Trade Commission says Maine paper mills were harmed by Canadian paper imports that the Commerce Department says were subsidized.

Because of Wednesday's vote, the Commerce Department will impose duties on imports of supercalendered paper, a type used in magazines, catalogs and directories.

Last month, the Commerce Department found that Port Hawkesbury and Resolute mills in Nova Scotia and Quebec received unfair subsidies. It recommended duties of between 17.87 percent and 20.18 percent.

Maine's congressional delegation said the imports are hurting communities like Madison, where Madison Paper has laid off more than 100 workers. They, along with Gov. Paul LePage, support duties on paper produced by Port Hawkesbury and Resolute. But they want a separate investigation into two other Canadian papermakers that have operations in Maine.