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French Nitrogen-Fertilizer Shipments Decline to Four-Year Low

January 09, 2012

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- French nitrogen-fertilizer shipments dropped 19 percent to the lowest level in at least four years from the start of July to the end of October, national fertilizer-industry association Unifa said.

Nitrogen deliveries in France, the European Union’s largest crop grower, fell to 691,000 metric tons in the first four months of the year begun July 1 from 851,000 tons a year earlier, Paris-based Unifa said in an e-mailed statement today.

France is the EU’s biggest user of crop nutrients, according to the International Fertilizer Industry Association. The country’s grain farmers typically buy fertilizer for next year’s crop after most harvesting is done in September.

Potassium-fertilizer shipments in France fell 5.3 percent to 251,000 tons in the May-October period, while phosphate deliveries slid 23 percent to 183,000 tons, Unifa said.

The association tracks nitrogen sales on the basis of a year that starts July 1, while the marketing year for potassium and phosphorus begins May 1.

--Editors: Dan Weeks, John Deane.

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