In May 2014, the FCCA initiated its own investigation into Yara Suomi Oy’s conduct in the sale of agricultural fertilizers. In the investigation, the agency focused on whether Yara’s discount and support system restricted competition in the fertilizer market and impeded the market entry of competing fertilizer manufacturers. The FCCA also prepared an economic assessment of the discount system’s market impacts.
The FCCA’s investigation did not reveal proof that Yara’s practices in the trade of agricultural fertilizers would restrict competition. In addition, Yara submitted a report to the Agency stating that the company applies equal terms and conditions to purchasers of fertilizers with whom cooperation and the scope of such cooperation are mutually correspondent to a sufficient extent. Yara informed the FCCA that it negotiates with potential buyers in good faith on the cooperation it conducts with them, the scope of such cooperation, and the applicable terms of sale. The case was closed in October 2017.