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PAGE: Newsprint Prices Remain High and the Market Remains TightAugust 17, 2018

The late June announcement by Kruger that as of August they will not be accepting orders into the US has made a tight market worse. The other suppliers into the east; Resolute, White Birch Tembec and to some extent Alberta had all reported tightness in their order books before this announcement. There may be some help on the way as White Birch has been working towards re-opening the VA based Bear Island Mill by mid to late September. The deliver area for BI will include DE, KY, MD, NC, OH, PA, TN, VA and WV but interested members even outside of this region should contact us as PAGE is working with White Birch on 1-2 year commitment contracts for Bear Island tonnage. White Birch has also indicated they may have additional tonnes available in the Northeast from their Canadian mills. Reach out to John Snyder at john.snyder@pagecooperative.com; 1-800-468-9568, ext. 176.

For the first time in more than twelve years there are significant differences in the price for newsprint from various suppliers in the east. Increases from October 1, range from $152/MT to $233/MT. The CVD’s and ADD’s on Canadian shipments into the US have contributed to these increases as some suppliers are paying significant tariffs on their US tonnes. Total tariffs currently range from less than 1% to over 32%. However, until the pressure on availability lessons we would not encourage anyone to cancel or move an order without a firm commitment for a replacement. The final determination on CVD’s and ADD’s will likely come during the first week of August. At this point there is not a lot of optimism that tariffs will be lessoned. In fact, they could rise higher.
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