18 September 2013 20:20 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Considering much of the fertilizer used in the US travels through domestic ports and the inland water system like the Mississippi River, The Fertilizer Institute on Wednesday said it is vital that Congress act quickly on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).
Introduced by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the WRDA has a goal of establishing procedures and funding for the operation and maintenance of US harbors, ports and the river system. With significant bipartisan support and the commitment of numerous waterway, users it is anticipated that there will be final passage of the legislation by the end of 2013.
New TFI President Chris Jahn said for the fertilizer industry, maintaining the valuable resources of water transportation is crucial as farmers in the US utilise approximately 70m tons/year of crop nutrients and that most of these volume either enters a port or is ship through the inland rivers to distributors and terminals.
“Water transportation is an integral component of the fertilizer distribution system, and we urge the House to act quickly to approve the Water Resources Development Act. Our farmer customers count on the timely delivery of fertilizers by river transport, and this legislation will greatly enhance the industry’s ability to ensure that our products reach growers’ fields when they are needed,” said Jahn.
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