This system provides annual data on U.S. imports and exports of selected fertilizer types. These data are based on U.S. Merchandise Imports and Exports, released monthly by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Foreign Trade Division. The Economic Research Service (ERS), in collaboration with The Fertilizer Institute, updates the data and maintains the year-to-date fertilizer files.
The data reported here cover imports from 1995 to 2012 and exports from 1990 to 2012 for 26 major fertilizer products and materials, and for 82 major trading countries. See the Documentation for definitions and list of fertilizer products and their composition.
U.S. nitrogen and potash supplies largely depend on imports. More than 50 percent of nitrogen (N) and 85 percent of potash (K2O) supply was from imports in the U.S. in fertilizer year (July 1 to June 30) 2011 (the latest full year of production data available). Read a brief synopsis of current nitrogen, potash, and phosphpate supplies.
The data are accessible two ways:
- Standard tables provide material quantity and value for selected fertilizers. There is one table on U.S. imports, by country, 1995-2012, and one table on U.S. exports, by country, 1990-2012.
- Custom queries allow users to prepare individual reports by selecting desired years, countries, fertilizer products, and import or export.