Sulphur Prices, markets & analysis
Our insights into regional Sulphur markets are provided by our network of reporters based locally in those markets.
This enables us to provide in-depth price assessments and market coverage that are reliable and up-to-date on the very latest developments.
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Sulphur Overview Transcript
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 Q2 2014
During the second quarter, spot sulphur prices in major importing region China started to ease following a succession of price increases by major Middle East exports to the region. Prices got to such a level that traders and end-users retreated to the sidelines and only entered the market when necessary. At the same time the flow of international sulphur suppliers, largely from Russia and Canada, improved only with warmer weather, and this in turn compounded the downward price sentiment.
Downstream demand was at a steady level during the three month period, although an increase had been expected largely in China following the opening of the export tax window for phosphate fertilizers on 16 May. A boost in downstream demand for phosphates from India, which is a major importing region, failed to materialise for the second-half of May and indeed for much of June, and this kept prices steady. Elsewhere in the world, contracts were covered and only a handful of tenders were seen from South America, with the largest tender concentration from the India market.
Towards the end of the second-quarter, the global market was viewed as balanced, despite claims by Middle East producers that their stock levels were very low.
The global sulphuric acid market during the second quarter was steady in terms of market balance although some minor increases of €2.50/tonne were seen for quarterly contracts. With so few smelter turnarounds, particularly in Europe, there were no problems in terms of availability.
Various tenders were seen from Brazil, Mexico and Chile and during the second half of the quarter export prices from Europe to all three regions started to firm. Freight rates also lifted spot values for the export market. In Asia, availability improved following the start-up of PASAR in the Philippines, but largely the market remained balanced.
NS-Nikko’s copper smelter experienced an unplanned outage and this created some fresh availability for the market, but failed to move it to a long position. Second-quarter contract price for southeast Asia moved up to an average of $40/tonne CFR southeast Asia, from $35/tonne, while the contract price in India rolled over from the second quarter at $35/tonne CFR India. On a spot basis spot prices in southeast Asia moved down from an average of $33.5/tonne CFR southeast Asia, to $31/tonne CFR southeast Asia. In the US, the second-quarter contract price was agreed at $110-160/tonne CFR, up from $94-149/tonne in the first quarter.
ICIS provides pricing information, news and analysis for all major petrochemical and chemical markets, including Sulphur.
We offer unbiased and independent price reporting, with our price assessments being widely quoted as benchmarks in contracts.
Our information is collected from market participants by our global network of reporters, delivering unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets, including China and Asia.
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments, giving you a robust reference for your negotiations.
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.
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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.
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.