The leaders of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) recently sent a letter to Mosaic, one of the largest producers of fertilizers in the United States, denouncing its exorbitant tariffs. They accuse the company of erecting an “insurmountable tariff barrier” to keep its main competitors out of the US market to the detriment of US farmers since fertilizer tariffs were imposed in March by the US International Trade Commission.
“Mosaic’s position to date has been a masterpiece of irresponsible corporate social responsibility,” read the letter, which believes that Mosaic’s monopoly is creating serious problems for farmers. “Only 15% of phosphorus imports now enter the United States duty-free,” the letter notes.
Senator Chuck Grassley also sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland calling on the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the concerns raised by farmers.
After Mosaic’s battle against the OCP, the United States suffers from a shortage of fertilizer
For Chris Edgington, president of the NCGA, “Fertilizer tariffs impose an incredible financial burden on American farmers. There is no reason why companies like Mosaic Co. and CF Industries should use the government to expand their monopolies at the expense of farmers”.
“We call on you to voluntarily withdraw the countervailing duties and allow a supply to return to the United States at a time when it is insufficient and phosphate prices are skyrocketing,” added Chris Edgington
In March 2021, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) ruled in favor of the American company, considering that the United States is “materially injured due to imports of phosphate fertilizers” from Morocco, for the OCP Group, and from Russia. The departure of Moroccan and Russian companies from the American market had already led to a drop in supply in the United States and a rise in ore prices.