Following a legislative push from Rep. Kristi Noem, the International Trade Commission (ITC) today delivered a victory to rural newspapers, nullifying tariffs on the Canadian newsprint that many local papers rely on. Since the tariffs were rolled out in January, hometown newspapers, including many in South Dakota, have seen a nearly 30 percent increase in newsprint costs.

“Local newspapers document the heartbeat of small town South Dakota, but unnecessary newsprint tariffs have threatened their survival,” Noem said. “Getting these tariffs nullified was an important and hard-fought victory for more than 125 local newspapers in South Dakota, whose reporting strengthens our sense of community and connection.”  

Earlier this summer, Noem applied legislative pressure by introducing the PRINT Act, which would have temporarily suspended the tariffs to give the Commerce Department time to investigate the impact on hometown newspapers.

Noem followed up with a letter to ITC Chairman David Johanson, which she wrote with Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds. The delegation’s letter urged Chairman Johanson to reject the tariffs on Canadian newsprint, saying: “Should newsprint prices continue to increase, rural newspapers will be forced to charge advertisers more and/or pass the increased costs onto their readers. Potential closures not only would cost precious jobs in South Dakota’s rural communities, but also would leave our constituents without access to a principal source of information. In short, our local communities and industry have become the victim of the trade remedies that are intended to protect them.”

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