South Korea scrambles to avert urea shortage as China tightens exports again
Government and industry collaboration aims to stabilize urea supply amid export challenges
South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) hosted a meeting between government officials and industry leaders on Dec. 4 to discuss the country’s response to China’s delay of customs procedures for urea exports to the ROK. The discussions focused on the supply chain challenges for vehicle urea, which is essential for reducing emissions.
The South Korean government outlined plans to stabilize the vehicle urea supply, including expanding public stockpiling, securing imports from alternative sources, introducing measures for expedited quality inspection and swift customs clearance of imported urea. Government officials also stated that Seoul will engage in close consultations with Beijing, utilizing various bilateral channels to address customs clearance issues and supply chain stability to ensure uninterrupted urea imports from China.
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