Trade

European fertilizer manufacturers operate in a global marketplace and advocate for fair and open trade.

However, recent developments have undermined free and fair global trade.

Fertilizers Europe promote a level playing field with all forms of harmful distortions such as dumping, subsidy and state fixing of prices, in particular of gas prices, removed from all marketplaces.

Effective trade defence instruments – including solid and predictable anti-dumping measures and anti-subsidy legislation – are essential to ensure free and fair trade.

fertilizers Europe supports the EU being one of the world’s most open and liberalised markets. In return it calls for equally open and liberalised access to export markets for our own products.

Looking further ahead 

Due to the artificially low prices of dumped imports, the European fertilizer industry has faced severe and ever-growing difficulties over the 2017-2018 period. Two interim reviews on ammonium nitrate were concluded in November 2018. The European Commission concluded in the interim review on dumping that there are no changed circumstances in the Russian gas market where state fixed pricing dominates gas price formation. Despite recognizing structural dumping, the Commission took the decision on the injury review to reduce by one third the anti-dumping duty on ammonium nitrate originating from Russia.

Moreover, in August 2018 a new EC anti-dumping investigation started on UAN originating in Russia, Trinidad & Tobago, and the USA. By April 2019 provisional anti-dumping duties on UAN were applied and the proceedings are due to end in October 2019, normally with definitive measures applicable for the next 5 years. With the provisional anti-dumping measures, Europe’s UAN industry is expecting relief from the proven and severe injurious dumping.