According to CRI, China mainly manufactures nitrogenous fertilizers with about 70% of the total chemical fertilizer output, of which about 60% are urea.
China is a leading manufacturer and consumer of chemical fertilizers with an output volume of 76.2736 million tons in 2015, ranking the first in the production capacity, output volume and consumption of nitrogenous and phosphoric fertilizers with a large export volume in the world. Meanwhile, the output volume of potash fertilizers ranks the fourth with a rapidly increasing self-support degree.
Many preferential policies are issued by Chinese government for chemical fertilizer enterprises to guarantee the food security and maintain the stability of the market, including implementing the price preference in electricity, natural gas and transportation, returning the value added tax of urea, exempting that of heavy calcium carbonates, monoammonium phosphates and diammonium orthophosphates as well as ensuring the supply of coals, electricity, oil and gas for production.
According to CRI research, chemical fertilizer manufacturers reached over 1,000 in number up to the end of 2015 while the product homogeneity level was high. The total sales revenue of top 10 enterprises in this industry accounts for less than 50% of the overall market. Major concerns of consumers towards chemical fertilizers are prices, brands and use experiences. Therefore, key factors for the competitiveness of chemical fertilizer enterprises are better reputation and lower prices.