Five major U.S. ag groups are imploring the U.S. Court of International Trade to overturn a decision this year by the U.S. International Trade Commission to allow steep tariffs to be placed on phosphate fertilizer imports from Morocco and Russia.

The Moroccan fertilizer producer OCP is appealing the ITC decision and the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Cotton Council, National Sorghum Producers and the Agricultural Retailers Association filed the legal brief in support of that appeal, an NCGA spokesman said.

The U.S. imported about $730 million worth of phosphate fertilizer from Morocco and $300 million from Russia in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“Farmers are feeling the pain from these tariffs,” said Iowa farmer and NCGA President Chris Edgington. “We’re facing severe cost hikes on our fertilizers, and we are worried about fertilizer shortages next year. We desperately need the U.S. Court of International Trade to remedy this situation.”

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