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The ICIS Asian Phenol report provides cost and freight (CFR) China, South East Asia and India assessments which are closely followed by market players. Confirmed deals and buy/sell ideas that support our assessments are provided in full in the report.
We also have coverage of upstream benzene and propylene prices and downstream markets to give our readers an overall sense of the phenol market. We also track the operating status of plants in Asia which shows the supply side of the market.
Understanding the CFR China spot market is complex due to a huge variety of anti-dumping duties that have been levied by the Chinese Government.
In order to provide greater clarity for our subscribers, ICIS provides a normalised CFR China quote based on zero percent anti-dumping duty and 5.5% import duty. This has been welcomed by our subscribers as valuable alternative to the existing benchmark CFR China quote.
Information from producers, traders and buyers of phenol is gathered, analysed and cross checked to ensure it is accurate and can be used as an impartial and accepted reference for business. The ICIS report is the dominant weekly benchmark for the Asian Phenol industry. It is considered an indispensable and a reliable source of information essential for their daily business needs.
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Updated to Q2 2016
Spot phenol prices into China, Asia’s largest market, were lifted in the second quarter by the recovery in crude oil futures and consequently the rally in US benzene and phenol export prices to Asia. However, it was the India market that saw significant volatility, because of India’s position as a net importer and therefore its sensitivity to shifts in supply and demand.
Overlapping phenol plant turnarounds in the second quarter by Taiwan’s Chang Chun Plastics, Mitsui Phenols Singapore, South Korea’s Kumho P&B and Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical crimped the availability of spot phenol in Asia and drove a 38% surge in the CFR India phenol prices between early February and end April. A major, two-month turnaround by Mitsubishi Chemical boosted Japanese phenol imports throughout the second quarter, curtailing South Korean shipment to India. The strong Indian market gains also created export opportunities for China-based phenol makers, leading to a raft of shipments from China. The May start-up of Thai producer PTT Phenol’s new plant and the resumption of southeast Asian supplies to India, however, quickly reversed the CFR India phenol market uptrend and drove a downward correction from late April. The CFR India phenol prices lost 11% between end April and late June.
The ICIS Asian phenol report provides cost & freight (CFR) China, southeast Asia (SE Asia) and India assessments that are closely followed by market players.
Confirmed deals and buy-sell ideas that support our assessments are provided in full in the report.
We have coverage of upstream benzene and propylene prices and downstream markets to give our readers an overall sense of the phenol market.
ICIS also tracks the operating status of plants in Asia, which shows the supply-side of the market.
Understanding the CFR China spot bunker is complex because of a huge variety of anti-dumping duties that have been levied by the Chinese government.
In order to provide greater clarity for our subscribers, ICIS provides a normalised CFR China quote based on the seasonal percent of the anti-dumping duty and a 5.5% import duty. This has been welcomed by our subscribers as a valuable alternative to the existing benchmark CFR China quote.
Information from producers, traders and buyers of phenol is gathered, analysed and cross-checked to ensure it is accurate and can be used as an impartial and accepted reference for business.
The ICIS report is the dominant weekly benchmark for the Asian phenol industry. It is considered an indispensable and reliable source of information essential for daily business needs.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Phenol. 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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ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
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Over 25 years of reporting on key chemicals markets, including Phenol, has brought global recognition of our methodology as being unbiased, authoritative and rigorous in preserving our editorial integrity. Our global network of reporters in Houston, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Perth and Moscow ensures unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets.