Copa and Cogeca have called for the abolition of custom duties and taxes on fertiliser imports.
European farmers were being put at a ‘competitive disadvantage’ by custom duties and taxes on fertiliser imports, according to European farming group Copa and Cogeca.
Copa and Cogeca have highlighted an ‘imbalance’ for farmers selling at world market prices, but having to pay above the market for fertiliser with European mineral fertiliser manufactures protected from imports by anti-dumping duties and custom tariffs.
In a letter to the European Commission, they have called for customs duties and taxes on fertiliser imports to be abolished.
Copa and Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said mineral fertilisers accounted for up to 45 per cent of arable farmers input costs.
“The EU cereals sector has lost significant market shares over recent years, slipping from the world’s number 2 exporter 3 years ago to number 5 today,” he said.
“They are also being put at a competitive disadvantage compared to other producers in the world.”
He said the anti-dumping duties on ammonium nitrate imports from Russia had ‘inflicted a great deal of damage’ on the competitiveness of EU agricultural exports and family farm incomes but the measures were ‘no longer justified’.
“Copa and Cogeca consequently call on the Commission to eliminate anti-dumping duties on ammonium nitrates imports from Russia and to look at removing all customs duties and taxes on fertiliser imports in the EU.”