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Updated to Q2 2016
During the second quarter, US sulphuric acid prices dropped as supply remained long and downstream sectors continued to suffer in a challenging market.
Prices for the Q2 South US consumer contract settled at a reduction of $8/short ton, after the Tampa quarterly sulphur price settled at seven-year lows.
Midway through the quarter, as prices were easing, there was talk of an attempt to secure a spot cargo in the $20s/tonne CFR, likely for the Gulf, but it was not heard to be achieved.
Late in the quarter, a $40/tonne CFR cargo was heard, but it appeared to be contract volumes.
Canada saw an uptick in exports from Belledune, which was attributed to lost rail business. Sources said the lower specification of Belledune acid can make product from the smelter difficult to place.
Updated to Q3 2016
Spot activity in the global sulphuric acid market was mostly focused on Brazil during Q3. Brazil, a traditional spot buying region, secured a number of cargoes during the quarter. However, weak demand in Latin America saw much of the Brazilian demand met with tonnes from Mexico and Chile, squeezing out traditional supplier Europe.
Moroccan buyer OCP secured more than 100,000 tonnes/month from producers in Europe and as far afield as Asia and Canada. However, imports are expected to be somewhat weaker in Q4 with more sulphur burning capacity ramping up.
Buyer Sherritt in Cuba also started up its third sulphur burner during the quarter. At full capacity, it is expected to displace up to 450,000 tonnes of annual acid demand, previously imported from Europe.
Asian producers were more balanced following the severe length seen in the market during Q2. China proved a bright spot for demand, continuing to lift import volumes.
The World Sulphuric Acid Weekly new look report contains 16 benchmark sulphuric acid price assessments and covers international trade across Europe, Asia and the US.
Included in the report are shipping fixtures and smelter outages, along with coverage of upstream sulphur and downstream fertilizers and chemicals. Coverage and attention is also paid to the base metals market and price developments for copper, zinc and nickel. Sulphuric acid import and export statistics are also published.
The report tackles all events likely to impact the global sulphuric acid market, including price developments, trade flows, as well as supply and demand balances.
The information in the report is gathered by talking to suppliers, traders and consumers from around the world, in addition to our own industry experts covering markets related to sulphuric acid.
All these developments are thoroughly analyzed on a weekly basis. The report is beneficial to our customers because it is the most comprehensive analysis of this crucial market.
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