Written by: Press Release Posted by David Elliott
Publication date: 06/17/2022
U.S. Representative Tracey Mann and U.S. Senator Jerry Moran recently led several of their colleagues to send a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce urging it to heed the record cost of fertilizers and suspend the duties it has imposed on imports of ammonium nitrate and urea fertilizers from Trinidad and Tobago.
“The Department’s decision to exercise its discretion to increase the producer/exporter’s cost of production, and therefore its margin of dumping, effectively terminated all imports of [urea ammonium nitrate] UAN of Trinidad and Tobago at a time when U.S. fertilizer prices are at record highs,” the members wrote. “Unfortunately, the Department’s preliminary ruling only contributes to extreme hardship for American farmers.
The letter comes a day before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is due to hear final arguments in Trinidad and Tobago’s UAN fertilizer anti-dumping duty investigation, in which Rep. Mann testified on behalf of farmers and crop producers in Kansas and across the country who are making decisions about what to plant today based solely on the cost of fertilizer rather than typical market conditions.
“Since the ITC’s decision to investigate UAN fertilizer from Trinidad and Tobago, the conditions surrounding on-farm spending in the United States have worsened significantly,” Rep. Mann said. “The extreme weather conditions have significantly delayed or extended planting. The supply chain is the most congested it has been in decades. fertilizers increased by 220%. To make matters worse, the Department of Commerce made the decision to effectively stop all UAN imports from Trinidad and Tobago. »
The letter follows a bicameral letter, bipartisan by Rep. Mann, Senator Moran, and 84 members of both houses at the ITC saying eliminating import duties on fertilizers offers the most immediate opportunity to partially address high fertilizer costs in the short term facing U.S. farmers before the end of the 2022 Planting Season.
(Information courtesy of Rep. Tracey Mann’s office.)