Monday, July 18, 2022

U.S. lifts tariff on nitrogen from Russia

The United States International Trade Commission has ruled against imposing tariffs on nitrogen fertilizers imported from Russia and Trinidad and Tobago. 

But in Canada, farmers pleas for a lifting of the 35 per cent tariff on fertilizers from Russia has fallen on deaf ears in Ottawa.

The National Corn Growers Association in the United States said “this comes as a welcome relief,” said 
president Chris Edgington. “We have been sounding the alarms and telling the ITC commissioners that tariffs will drive up input prices to even more unaffordable levels for farmers and cripple our supply. I am so glad they listened.”

The decision comes after CF Industries filed a petition with ITC in late 2021, requesting that the commission place tariffs on urea ammonium nitrate, which is used in liquid fertilizers. 

Shortages and prices have since increased sharply.