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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- See what’s driving prices
- Understand fluctuations
- Feed into your own analytical models
- Confidently negotiate deals
- Underpin settlements and contracts
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 Q1 2015
The international sulphur market came under increasing pressure during the first quarter because of the lack of buying interest in China following the Lunar New Year holiday. However, the softer sentiment for the Chinese market was not reflected in rising stock levels at the ports, since they fell to record lows of 919,000 tonnes.
In January, Chinese sulphur prices ticked up, largely based on increases posted by Middle East producers.
However, following the holidays, the stalemate between Chinese buyers and Middle East exporters created some downward price pressure, and Middle East producers started to reduce their prices from $184/tonne CFR (cost and freight) Middle East, which was the average ahead of the holidays (19-23 February), to $159/tonne CFR Middle East, seen by the end of March.
During Q1, demand in India was not so strong, particularly because of the low season for downstream phosphates. However, sulphur prices did not appear to be under as much pressure as those for the Chinese market. Moving into March, major buyers such as IFFCO, FACT and PPL had very little need for volume because of planned turnarounds.
Despite a fall in the value of sulphur in Asia, prices in North America held firm. Exports out of Vancouver were $170-175/tonne FOB (free on board) largely as a result of healthy demand from locations other than China, such as Oceania and Africa.
In Latin America, buyers were active in the early part of Q1. Brazil in particular imported 26% more sulphur during the first two months of 2015 than it did in the same period in 2014. This was attributed to good weather and stronger demand for downstream fertilizers.
In Europe, the market experienced its fourth consecutive rollover because of balanced market fundamentals.
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