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ICIS reports on Ammonia on a global basis, with reports in Europe, Asia and the US.
At the same time, unlike our competitors we are able to draw on global resources in London, Huston, Singapore and Shanghai.
In Europe, we report on the key benchmark using the FOB spot price and also includes CFR prices for Africa and North West Europe.
In the Asia section we have CFR prices for India, Taiwan and Korea.
Throughout the week we speak to a wide range of people including producers, consumers and traders in order to obtain a broad range of accurate information for our subscribers.
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Prices for ammonia in Asia started 2014 in the low $500s/tonne CFR (cost & freight) before dipping below the $500/tonne mark during February, when a number of spot cargoes became available and Iran was allowed to return to the export market.
Prices rebounded in March, tracking higher values in the US market and also as a result of the end of discounted Russian natural gas for Ukrainian producers that set the international benchmark.
Regular contract deliveries kept the market ticking throughout the first few weeks and once Lunar New Year celebrations had finished, more spot activity and tenders took place.
Downstream, a weak caprolactam (capro) market saw ammonia volumes decrease for some buyers and there was heavy maintenance schedule in capro and acrylonitrile (ACN) plants.
Better market conditions for suppliers prompted Indonesian producer Kaltim Parna Industri (KPI) to restart production at its Bontang plant after a mid-2013 shutdown. The producer then promptly sold several cargoes to international trader Transammonia (Trammo).
Towards the end of the quarter, Australia’s CSBP brought on line its new ammonium nitrate (AN) and nitric acid facility near Perth.
Updated to Q1 2014
The benchmark Black Sea ammonia price bounced back during the third quarter to reach a high of $450/tonne FOB Yuzhny before quickly returning to a downward trajectory amid weak demand from the US and the Far East.
Prices fell to $375/tonne FOB for November shipments as NF Trading was left long following a decision by regular buyers Koch and Yara to source a combined 75,000 tonnes from suppliers in the Baltic instead.
These purchases, at an average price of $425/tonne FOB, meant NF Trading was forced to drastically revise its price target of $450/tonne FOB in order to secure sales, with Transammonia understood to have acquired 15,000 tonnes at $375/tonne and the same volume at $395/tonne FOB.
In mid-November, NF Trading had yet to restart its Ukrainian ammonia units ahead of the harsh winter as it squeezed supply to force a floor to prices and increase profit margins.
While demand for Arabian Gulf cargoes remains strong due to India’s thirst for ammonia, weak demand from Asia and the US undermined higher prices, particularly given Sorfert Algeria’s start-up has increased availability.
Updated to mid-November 2013
EXW prices for 55% powdered MAP rose from CNY1,800/tonne to CNY1,850/tonne from mid-August to September but fell back to CNY1,800/tonne in October and then stayed at the level in November.
The price increase for MAP from mid-August to September was mainly because of increased demand following the start of the autumn production season of compound fertilizers. However, from October, weakened demand after the autumn application ended dragged down MAP EXW prices by CNY50/tonne to CNY1,800/tonne.
Although the winter buying season arrived in November, MAP EXW prices remained largely flat at CNY1,800/tonne as low operating rates at compound fertilizer plants dampened demand for MAP.
EXW prices for 64% DAP fell from CNY2,500/tonne to CNY2,250/tonne from mid-August to the end of September and dropped further to CNY2,200/tonne in November.
The autumn buying season came after mid-August. However, DAP inventories piled up at domestic ports due to slow demand from India amid the bearish export conditions. Export prices dropped sharply as a result, undermining domestic distributors’ confidence in the market. Their cautious buying dragged down DAP EXW prices.
Demand for autumn application came to an end in October and the low export tax window was also closed. However, limited profits and increased prices for feedstock only led to slight declines in DAP EXW prices in November.
Updated to mid-November 2013
ICIS reports on ammonia on a global basis, with reports in Europe, Asia and the US. At the same time, we are able to draw on global resources in London, Houston (Texas), Singapore and Shanghai.
In Europe, we report on the key benchmark using the free on board (FOB) Yuzhny spot price and also include cost & freight (CFR) prices for north Africa and northwest Europe (NWE).
In the Asia section, we have CFR prices for India, Taiwan and Korea. Throughout the week, we speak to a wide range of people – including producers, consumers and traders – in order to obtain a broad range of accurate information for our subscribers. All of our reporting is backed up by a strong methodology.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Ammonia. 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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