6 February 2019
US Backs Off on Tariffs On Printing Plates
PITTSBURG—
PIA lobbied for tariff exemption on printing plates
PIA lobbied for tariff exemption on printing plates
Fujifilm and Kodak announced that exclusions had been granted and that each company intended to fulfill its obligation to refund printing and publishing customers on whom a pass-through surcharge had been imposed. Tariffs imposed on raw materials used in print production, such as aluminum to make  printing plates. The impact included  dramatic cost increases as major suppliers
AGFA closed US plate manufacturing plant
AGFA closed US plate manufacturing plant
felt forced to share the brunt of a 10% tariff imposition with their customers. Many printers and publishers received letters from suppliers formally announcing a pass-through surcharge. Agfa had announces the closing its US  offset printing plate manufacturing facility in New Jersey in late 2018.  
 
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