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Legislation would create waivers for duties on fertilizer

A bill introduced on Thursday, March 10, would create emergency waivers for duties levied on fertilizers by the U.S. Trade Commission.

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The National Corn Growers Association cheered legislation that would create emergency waivers for duties levied on fertilizers by the U.S. Trade Commission.
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WASHINGTON — A bill introduced on Thursday, March 10, would create emergency waivers for duties levied on fertilizers by the U.S. Trade Commission.

Sen. Roger Marshall and Rep. Tracey Mann, both Republicans from Kansas, introduced the Emergency Relief from Duties Act.

“Fertilizer prices are at an all-time high yet additional tariffs continue to be placed on fertilizer, worsening the burden of historic production costs for America’s farmers,” said Senator Marshall. “While we don’t want foreign governments to distort trade with the United States, we must provide flexibility during emergency situations to ensure input costs don’t hinder our farmers’ ability to feed, fuel, and clothe the world.”

The bill comes as the U.S. International Trade Commission levied tariffs against imports of phosphate fertilizer at the behest of a U.S. fertilizer company. A petition for additional tariffs on urea ammonium nitrate is also being considered by ITC.

This bill would introduce a pathway to establish a waiver of countervailing duties or anti-dumping duties for a year if there is an emergency situation including natural disasters, war, epidemics, labor disputes or major accidents.

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“Fertilizers and other inputs have been at an all-time high, and the war in Ukraine promises to drive up the price of products even more,” said Iowa farmer and National Corn Growers Association President Chris Edgington. “Fertilizers have become increasingly hard to secure and pay for because of tariffs or the threat tariffs on imports. That’s why passage of this legislation would come as a welcome relief to farmers across the country.”

Mann, in a statement, said agriculture is a high-risk industry with a need for market remedies.

"If we don’t support farmers now, we’ll see the crumbling of America’s independent food security in the future,” he said.

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