Fertilizer is a global commodity. In addition to ports, fertilizer moves by rail, truck, barge, and pipeline. America’s farmers and their suppliers rely on a safe and efficient transportation network for their success. In 2017, 88.9 million tons of fertilizer was transported in the United States from supply sources to end users.
Fertilizer moves year-round. Although there is a two- to three-week window when most crops are planted and fertilized, continuous production and transportation to storage locations throughout the year is necessary to ensure sufficient supplies during application periods. While the timeliness of shipments is more sensitive in the Spring planting season, the volume of shipments is virtually the same each quarter of the year. The transportation of fertilizer from producer to storage to farmer can involve truck, barge, pipeline, rail or some combination of two or more modes. Click here to learn more about Fertilizer Logistics and Transportation