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WASHINGTON—After a call from U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Rep. Rick Nolan, the U.S. International Trade Commission voted to impose penalties on Canadian paper imports for unfair subsidization, a Klobuchar release said Wednesday.

The ITC voted to impose a countervailing duty order on Canadian paper imports to hold them accountable for receiving subsidies that are damaging the American paper industry, the release said. In October, Klobuchar, Franken, and Nolan pushed the IFC to impose duties to offset the subsidies, it said.

"Our loggers in northern Minnesota and workers across the paper industry have proven that they can compete with anybody in the world on a level playing field," Klobuchar said in the release. "But when foreign imports receive unfair subsidies, it puts their jobs in jeopardy."

Franken said Minnesota's paper industry "supports workers, families, and communities all across the state."

"But our businesses, which are playing by the rules, have been undercut by unfairly priced Canadian paper flooding American markets," Franken said in the release. "Our producers deserve a fair shake, which is why we fought back against these foreign imports."

Nolan hailed the decision to put the duties in place.

"The ITC has voted to protect good American jobs and American workers at the Duluth Paper Mill from unfair competition from Canada—competition in the form of unprecedented amounts of government-subsidized supercalendered paper flooding the U.S. marketplace and depressing domestic prices," he said.

Minnesota's paper industry and related sectors support more than 40,000 jobs and directly contribute $9.7 billion in economic output, the release said.