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 Q3 2014
During the third quarter, sulphur prices across the international market showed some weakness following falls in major importing region China. In July, the average spot price in China was $170/tonne CFR China, but as the third quarter drew to a close, spot prices in China were much closer to $150/tonne CFR China.
Chinese buyers remained firmly on the sidelines despite relatively healthy downstream phosphate fertilizer demand and as in the second quarter, the buying tactics of Chinese traders resulted in a forced downward price trend. In order to accommodate this, Middle East exporters also had to bring their export prices down from $155-170/tonne FOB Middle East in July to $151-155/tonne FOB Middle East in September.
Despite the downward price trend, the market was more balanced-to-tight rather than long, because demand from North Africa remained strong. Sulphur also continued to move to Latin America during the three-month period. In Europe, the contract price rolled over from the second to third quarter at $159-170/tonne delivered Benelux.
Buyers and sellers agreed that despite some fluctuations in key benchmark prices such as the Middle East and China, market fundamentals in Europe, which is a liquid- rather than solid sulphur-based industry, remained broadly unchanged, therefore allowing little room for negotiating a price, either up or down.
Across the global downstream phosphate fertilizer market, demand was not so strong and prices failed to picked up as expected – this in turn also created some downward pressure on the value of sulphur. Major importing fertilizer region India was particularly impacted on the late arrival of the monsoon, which kept demand for phosphates much lower than expected.
In the US, Tampa sulphur price settled at $136/long ton DEL (delivered), up by $3/long ton from Q2 and the US Gulf spot price moved up to $150-155/tonne FOB (free on board) before settling down to $140-145/tonne FOB.
The Vancouver contract price for Q3 firmed to $160-170/tonne FOB from $120-170/tonne FOB in Q2 and the spot price has fallen to $150-155/tonne FOB.
ICIS provides pricing information, news and analysis for all major petrochemical and chemical markets, including Sulphur.
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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.
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