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Sulphur is an important raw material and has gained a lot of attention from commodity traders in recent years.
Our ICIS sulphur report is published weekly, and it provides market players accurate and timely information on the latest sulphur trades across the world.
Our quotes include the Free On Board or FOB prices out of two of the largest sulphur producing regions: Canada and the Middle East. On a weekly basis we also assess the cost and freight or CFR prices in major import markets including China, north Africa and the US.
Over 90% of sulphur is used for the production of sulphuric acid for fertilizer production and industrial uses. We follow closely the movement of these price drivers.
We also strive to deliver news on the upstream market to our subscribers by drawing upon our resources in London, Houston, Shanghai and Singapore
A tight-to-balanced sulphur market will bring price above historical terms and we expect prices to remain volatile in the coming years.
This weekly report is backed up by a solid methodology, and will provide our subscribers the necessary information needed for their business decisions.
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Updated to Q1 2016
Higher crude oil and commodity prices gave the sulphur market a slight boost in March, following falls in January and February caused by poor downstream demand and uncertainty surrounding the wider fertilizer sector.
International sulphur prices continued to be pulled down by the erosion of downstream demand for phosphates fertilizers, as well as the poor performance of the metals market and weak demand from the chemicals sector. Lower prices in China resulted in Middle East producers all announcing lower prices in March. Saudi Aramco Trading’s April price which was announced on 10 March at $85/tonne FOB Jubail, down $5/tonne from March followed similar prices posted by Tasweeq at $87/tonne FOB and ADNOC at $88/tonne FOB.
Mid-month, the international sulphur market was eagerly waiting for the results to Tasweeq’s regular monthly tender for 35,000 tonnes of granular sulphur. The results of the tender were first heard in China at $75/tonne FOB Ras Laffan, but this was dismissed by a number of traders who deemed the price wishful thinking.
Other international traders heard a price in the high $70s/tonne FOB and there was even mention of a prices in the low $80s/tonne FOB. Poor demand for phosphates and high inventories at refineries limited the need for imports in India, particularly since it is more cost effective for buyers to consume sulphur produced domestically.
In North Africa, the Q1 contract price dipped, but major supplier ADNOC chose not to disclose a price. During Q1, OCP was lifting regular spot cargoes in the $80s/tonne CFR Jorf Lasfar. Meanwhile, Vale in Brazil bought spot cargoes in the $90s/tonne CFR Santos.
In Europe, the contract price dropped to $132-143/tonne delivery Benelux. The Tampa contact price also fell to $95/long ton CFR.
Because demand has been so poor for the time of year, Mosaic did not ramp up its 1.02m tonne/year remelter. Pouring to block on Canada remained a topic of discussions, with the market divided as to whether producers would poor to block of prices continued to fall.
Nexan Long Lake facility in Northern Alberta had yet to announce a restart date. It had been suggested the facility would restart in the first half of 2016, but the low cost of oil could result in a much later restart.
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