(image courtesy Catalyst Paper)

BC Forests Minister Steve Thomson is speaking out against US plans to impose a new duty on some Catalyst Paper products.

The levy would apply to “supercalendared” paper; that’s the high gloss paper used in magazines, catalogs and flyers. Right now Catalyst is only making it at the Powell River mill.

Catalyst rejects the idea it’s been getting government subsidies. “…we’re confident a full and fair investigation would confirm this,” says President and CEO Joe Nemeth. “We will continue to work with the Canadian federal and provincial governments, and we will seek an expedited review of our case by the DOC (The US Department of Commerce).”

Thomson says the province is confident its following international trade rules, and the review will come down in Catalyst’s favour.

The US has to make a final decision in mid-October.