The U.S. Commerce Department said on Friday it had opened an investigation into whether producers of phosphate fertilizers in Morocco and Russia are receiving unfair subsidies.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will conduct its own investigation into whether American industry is being harmed by the fertilizer imports. The ITC will make its preliminary findings by Aug. 10, the department said.
If the ITC issues a preliminary finding that the imports are hurting U.S. industry, then the Commerce Department’s investigations will continue.
The department said its initial findings are scheduled for Sept. 21.