Sulphur Prices, markets & analysis
From pricing information to the analysis you need to understand it, ICIS coverage of regional Sulphur markets is second to none.
Our locally based reporters constantly update our independent price assessments and market coverage, giving you a firm foundation in all your dealings.
Use ICIS information to:
- Follow price drivers and fluctuations
- Inform your internal market modelling
- Back up your negotiations
- Determine settlement and contract terms
Sulphur China Transcript
The ICIS China Sulphur Report is published weekly and contains the key cost and freight or CFR China import price quotes.
The main focus of this report is the domestic Chinese spot market. The domestic market is gaining interest from international traders due to its balancing effect on import demand from China, the world’s largest sulphur buyer.
We speak to buyers, traders and sellers to get the latest on trade flows. Our report also follows closely the ex-warehouse prices in east and southwest China.
The weekly report provides highlights on sulphuric acid and phosphate fertilizer markets in China every week, helping our subscribers to make business decisions based on the demand and latest prices in the domestic downstream markets.
With input from our Shanghai, Singapore, London and Houston offices this report delivers the most up to date prices and data on the Chinese sulphur market.
It is a useful, essential tool for any sulphur supplier and buyer.
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Sulphur prices have been weak during the past three months. Middle East sulphur prices were in the $150s/tonne FOB in mid-November 2012, facing pressure on a lack of demand, particularly from China, and a bearish phosphates market.
Moving through December, global sulphur prices continued to falter. Spot prices in China declined, with deals in the mid-$160s/tonne CFR. The softer tone was highlighted by ample availability from suppliers in the Middle East and Kazakhstan.
Going into the new year, there was a sluggish start to quarterly contract negotiations. Initial business was concluded in the $140s/tonne FOB Middle East. An improvement seen in China spot activity was short-lived, as several speculative traders entered the market in the $170s/tonne CFR.
Contract talks in the US, Brazil, North Africa and China led to settlements for the first quarter by the end of January at reductions from the fourth quarter of 2012. The downward trend in contract pricing had been expected. CFR prices declined in spot business, exaggerated by a non-performing North African market, plus a quiet Chinese market approaching the Lunar New Year holidays in February.
Updated to mid-February 2013
The China sulphur report is published weekly, and contains the key cost & freight (CFR) China import price quotes. The report also covers the domestic Chinese spot market for sulphur, and provides ex-warehouse (EXWH) quotes for east and southwest China.
As China is a major net importer of product, with the West shipping a huge volume to the country each month, we also track cross-original trade flows.
In addition, the report follows the sulphuric acid and phosphate fertilizer markets in China, as downstream consumers can have a big effect on demand and therefore price.
The report is generated after many conversations with buyers and sellers of sulphur in the country. Subscribers to the China sulphur report use it as a window into the Chinese market and to establish their own pricing terms with suppliers or customers. The report is an essential planning tool.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Sulphur. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
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.
Our in-depth market knowledge drives our specialist focus, as we recognise the importance of individual market dynamics and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Over 25 years of reporting on key chemicals markets, including Sulphur, 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.