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NCGA slams tariff increase on fertilizers imported from Morocco

The U.S. has raised tariffs on phosphate imports from Morocco and the National Corn Growers Association says the decision is disappointing for the ag community.

NCGA President Harold Wolle tells Brownfield the Commerce Department recently announced plans to increase the tariffs from 2.12% to 14.21%. “It’s going to increase the price of that phosphate,” he said. “It certainly doesn’t bode well for input prices for farmers.”

The proposed new rate would be the final retroactive tariff for 2022 imports and serve as the new provisional rate required to be deposited with U.S. Customs for imports from November 2024 and onward until the conclusion of the next administrative review, if requested.

He says farmers are already dealing with higher input costs and the price of corn has dropped. “We have a squeeze on our margins and certainly want to do everything we can to help that situation,” he said. “This tariff on fertilizer is not helping.”

Wolle says the decision comes after the domestic fertilizer company Mosaic requested action from the Commerce Department in 2023 over an import dispute with another multi-national company.

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