US fertilizer imports show year-to-date rise

15 July 2008 10:58  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--US fertilizer imports for the period July 2007 to May 2008 were running ahead of the same period last year, latest US government data revealed on Tuesday.

A report by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) showed that ammonia imports had hit around 8m short tons for the period July 2007-May 2008. This represented a 6% increase over the same period 2006-2007, when imports reached approximately 7.5m short tons.

Monthly ammonia figures also saw a rise, with imports up 17 % in May 2008, compared to May 2007.

Imports of urea ammonium nitrate solutions (UAN) were up 50% for the period July 2007-May 2008 at around 3.3m short tons, compared with the same period 2006-2007, when imports totalled 2.2m short tons.

May figures showed UAN imports had risen around 11% in 2008 over 2007 levels.

Muriate of potash (MOP) imports were running around 10% higher for the period 2007-2008, compared to same period 2006-2007, with total imports reaching 11.4m short tons.

Urea year to date figures rose around 6% to 6.3m short tons. This was despite a 44% drop in imports recorded in May 2008, compared to May 2007.

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By: Carl Roache
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