Opponents of Tariffs

Farmers and elected officials are speaking out against fertilizer tariffs.

Sen. Jerry Moran (KS) asks Commerce secretary nominee, Gov. Gina Raimondo, about the impact of duties on phosphate fertilizers


“Since the CVD [Countervailing Duties] investigation began the price for those [phosphate] fertilizers in the United States has increased by approximately 25%. The higher prices are being passed on to farmers increasing their input costs and it comes at an always challenging time for farmers and ultimately comes at a very challenging time for consumers."

Senator Jerry Moran (KS) · CSPAN  · January 26, 2021

Bipartisan Letter to USITC from 17 U.S. Representatives

"While U.S. farmers value domestic supply, U.S. production is highly concentrated, and our understanding is that supplies are effectively controlled by a single U.S. manufacturer, which presents a risky and insecure situation for om farmers. The Covid pandemic and other emergencies have shown us that multiple sources of phosphate products are necessary to ensure the reliability of supply and to meet the logistical needs of farmers around the country."

Joint Letter to USITC from 11 U.S. Senators

"The imposition of duties between 9.19 and 47.05 percent on phosphate fertilizers would result not only in higher input costs for U.S. farmers but also potentially limit their options for applying necessary crop inputs. Given the unprcedented volatility experienced in the agricultural economy over the past three years, it is especially immportant to avoid imposing unnecessary duties that will further limit fertilizer options and raise the cost of production for farmers.

American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, and the National Cotton Council of America

"It is our view that countervailing duties on these imports will adversely impact the availability of phosphate fertilizer in the United States and adversely affect crop production and farmer livelihoods."

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)

"Farmers across the country depend on affordable phosphate fertilizers to produce a variety of crops, and a sharp rise in price would have a dramatic impact during an already volatile time for many U.S. farmers."

"This shift in the market would drive up prices for farmers that are already disadvantaged due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given financial harm duties on phosphate fertilizers will cause U.S. farmers, we urge the Department of Commerce and U.S. International Trade Commission to deny this petition."

Representative Tim Ryan (OH)

Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE)

“With the consideration of a potential duty being imposed, price disruptions for the domestic market will react and conservative estimates are expected to increase costs of phosphate fertilizer by $80 per ton.

“This price increase would come at a time where net farm income in 2020 is estimated to decline by $3 billion and net cash income to decline by $18 billion.”

SENATOR BEN SASSE (NE)

American Farm Bureau Federation

“America’s farmers are increasingly concerned about their access to an affordable, competitive supply of this crucial fertilizer…price increase due to the application of import duties will soon affect their planting decisions.

“[The] Farm Bureau believes that imposing the requested countervailing duties on phosphate fertilizer imports will add to agricultural production costs.

“The application of the [phosphate fertilizer] duties…will result in a constricted supply and an imposed higher price for [farmers].”

Iowa Corn Growers Association

“If approved, these new import tariffs will have a significant negative impact on U.S. farmers and farm profitability. In fact, the impact will be a $400 million hit to the U.S. farmer."

National Cotton Council

“We respectfully ask that you spare America's cotton producers and other farmers the unnecessary input cost increases that will follow.”

National Sorghum Producers

"Even the threat of countervailing duties on phosphate imports is creating upward price pressures on this critical nutrient at one of the most challenging economic times in recent history.”

USA Rice

"Given the downward pricing trends for nearly all raw materials and the farm commodities that depend on them, it is unrealistic to single out two countries, Morocco and Russia, for unfair trade practices.”

Agricultural Retailers Association

“Granting this petition will very likely limit fertilizer supply options for America’s farmers and ranchers and increase their input costs.”

National Association of Landscape Professionals

“Because of the Commission’s authority to impose retroactive duties, the petition by The Mosaic Company asking for new and significant duties on phosphate imports from Morocco and Russia will unnecessarily create upward pricing pressure on phosphate that will be felt by our members and their customers immediately if it proceeds to an investigation phase.

“Given the downward pricing trends for nearly all raw materials and the commodities that depend on them, the it is unrealistic to single out two countries, Morocco and Russia, for unfair trade practices, as was done in the petition.”

A joint letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce from 8 Farm Belt senators

“The imposition of duties ... on phosphate fertilizers would result in higher input costs for U.S. farmers.”

Senator Jerry Moran (KS)

"Given the financial harm duties on phosphate fertilizers will cause U.S. farmers, we urge the Department of Commerce and U.S. International Trade Commission to deny this petition."

Senator Joni Ernst (IA)