Cornerstone Government Affairs, a US bipartisan public affairs firm specializing in government relations and lobbying, has signed a one-year, $ 300,000 contract with the US subsidiary of the Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP).
The agreement came into effect on October 1. It is expected to help the OCP “coordinate and lead a strategic communications and advocacy campaign for OCP, regarding the US government’s countervailing duty investigations into phosphate fertilizer imports”.
This latest OCP agreement is also about facilitating and improving communications with “Democratic and Republican House and Senate leaders, the next generation of House and Senate leaders, as well as the future committee chairmen”.
According to the deal, the company “will contact members of the Trump administration and Joe Biden’s campaign to position itself for the future” and “engage in outreach to farm and trade organizations to gain support for OCP”.
The signing of this contract comes as the US phosphate producer, Mosaic Co., filed petitions with the Commerce Department and the US International Trade Commission last June to determine whether phosphate fertilizers in Morocco and Russia were receiving subsidies that would fall under the law.
For its part, the OCP considered contesting the petition because its fertilizers “do not receive any form of state subsidy,” company officials said. The agency also said it might consider halting sales of fertilizers to the United States if the US Department of Commerce imposes an anti-subsidy duty on its imports.