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ICIS has 20 years experience in reporting on the methanol markets and we have produced methanol China weekly reports since 2008.
ICIS talks to buyers, sellers and traders to obtain our detailed information. We also take a comprehensive look at the upstream and downstream factors that can influence pricing. Turnarounds or outages that could have an impact on the market are also covered.
We quote our spot import rates to China on a cost and freight (CFR) basis and also provide Chinese domestic price assessments for major regions. The price movements are closely watched by the industry and widely used as key benchmarks for contract negotiations.
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Updated to Q2 2014
China methanol prices rose after initially falling in the second quarter of 2014. At the end of June, ex-tank prices in east China were at yuan (CNY) 2,660-2,740/tonne, down by CNY140-210/tonne from early April.
During April to early-to-mid-June, lower-than-expected demand for the dimethyl ether sector and a sharp increase in import volumes dampened consumption and market sentiment. Prices in east China dropped to CNY2,510-2,610/tonne ex-tank on 11 June, down by CNY290-340/tonne from early April.
However, in the rest of June, prices went up as futures prices increased and major producers in Inner Mongolia and Shaanxi launched maintenance shutdowns in the second half of June or early July. The reduction in the supply helped stabilise the spot prices amid the weak demand in inland China. Some traders replenished cargoes actively.
In the import market, prices dropped by $10-13/tonne to $327-345/tonne in the second quarter of 2014. Import methanol prices were at $340-355/tonne CFR CMP in the first week of April amid ample overseas supply. But prices rose slightly at the end of the month because of limited offers in the domestic spot market.
The import methanol market opened on a strong note in May but then softened, dragged down by decreased domestic prices and more offers made for some cargoes amid ample overseas supply.
ICIS has 20 years experience in reporting on the methanol markets. We have produced methanol China weekly reports since 2008.
ICIS talks to buyers, traders and producers to obtain detailed information. We take a comprehensive look at the upstream and downstream factors that can influence pricing. Turnarounds or outages that could impact the market are also covered.
We quote our spot import rates to China on a cost & freight (CFR) basis and provide Chinese domestic price assessments for major regions. The price movements are closely watched by the industry and widely used as key benchmarks for contract negotiations.
It is an important report for our subscribers and a popular and trusted source of information.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Methanol. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
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