IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

firm-specific

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 28 Sep 2012 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Capital injection and equity stakes (including bailouts)

According to reports in the Canadian press, in September, 2012 the NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill in Nova Scotia was sold for $33-million to Pacific West Commercial Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia. The facility had been shut down. The government of Nova Scotia is providing a $124.5-million aid package over ten years, in addition to $36.8 million it already spent keeping the mill in what is called a 'hot idle state.' The deal also provides for a discount power rate agreement with Nova Scotia Power Inc. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has criticized the deal, as have the opposition Liberals and Conservatives as well as policymakers in the United States. In response to a complaint from Representative Mike Michaud (Democrat of Maine), U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk wrote to the congressman on October 4 pledging to direct his 'staff to confirm whether the information provided in the news reports is correct, on an expedited basis,' and 'to request information from the Government of Canada regarding any assistance it or the Government of Nova Scotia have agreed to provide or plan to provide.' Ambassador Kirk further stated that, 'The United States will also raise the matter at meetings later this month of the Committee on Subsidies of the World Trade Organization.'
The case was still at issue as of early 2015, when members of the Maine congressional delegation raised the matter once again in a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce (see http://www.sjvalley-times.com/view/full_story/26364549/article-Collins--...). 

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

321 Pulp, paper & paperboard
4810 Paper and paperboard, coated on one or both sides with kaolin (China clay) or other inorganic substances, with or without a binder, and with no other coating, whether or not surface coloured, surfacedecorated or printed, in rolls or rectangular (includi
481013 In rolls
481014 In sheets with one side not exceeding 435 mm and the other side not exceeding 297 mm in the unfolded state
481019 Other
481022 Lightweight coated paper
481029 Other
481031 Bleached uniformly throughout the mass and of which more than 95 % by weight of the total fibre content consists of wood fibres obtained by a chemical process, and weighing 150 g/m² or less
481032 Bleached uniformly throughout the mass and of which more than 95 % by weight of the total fibre content consists of wood fibres obtained by a chemical process, and weighing more than 150 g/m²
481039 Other
481092 Multiply
481099 Other

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