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Supply Chains in Australia Under Threat as Urea Shortage Hits

  • Half the heavy vehicles in Australia require AdBlue to run
  • Supplies could dry up by February, Transport Association says
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The shortage of urea that has pushed global fertilizer prices to unseen heights is threatening supply chains in Australia. 

At least half the diesel-fueled trucks in the nation require an exhaust fluid based on urea to keep running, according to Warren Clark, the chief executive officer of the National Road Transport Association of Australia. The additive, known as AdBlue, is used in modern diesel-fueled trucks to improve air quality by cutting emissions of nitrogen oxides.