Montreal, Quebec, Canada 15 October 2014 -- Tembec is requesting that International Trade Minister of Canada The Honourable Ed Fast enters into World Trade Organization (WTO) discussions with China to resolve the trade dispute related to dissolving pulp.
China imposed duties on shipments of viscose staple fibre pulp from selected countries including Canada. These duties negatively impact Tembec's operations and customers as we rely on market access to China for sale of viscose staple fibre. Rayon viscose, the first man-made natural filament yarn and staple fiber is used in apparel, domestic textiles, and automotive applications.
Tembec supports rule-based trade of forest products as this provides our customers with a predictable source of quality products and stability to our mills, employees and communities. Tembec calls on the Federal Government to appeal China's decision to impose duties on Canadian dissolving pulp at the World Trade Organization.
"Tembec hopes dialogue between Canada and China will result in a resolution of the dispute in the short term," underlined Tembec President and CEO James Lopez.
Tembec is a manufacturer of forest products - lumber, pulp, paper and specialty cellulose - and a global leader in sustainable forest management practices. Principal operations are in Canada and France. Tembec has some 3,500 employees and annual sales of approximately $1.6 billion. Tembec is listed on the TSX (TMB).