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During the fourth quarter the value of sulphuric acid moved up in major importing region Chile to $80-90/tonne CFR Mejillones, its highest level since February 2013. Prices also firmed in Brazil, North Africa and Northwest Europe. The gains were largely the result of a lack of supply internationally and healthy domestic demand. During October, OCP in North Africa was frequently seen in the market, and in India some buyers found it more cost effective to consume sulphuric acid for their downstream phosphate production, rather than burn sulphur.
Because of the rise in the value of spot sulphuric acid in Chile, the starting point at which 2015 annual contract negotiations kicked off at was in the upper $80s/tonne CFR from Asian suppliers, while Chilean buyers were targeting a price in the $80s/tonne CFR. As the quarter drew to a close, contracts were heard settling in the upper $70s/tonne CFR and the low $80s/tonne CFR.
In Asia, local demand was good and because of this not so much material was available for international export. This too was the case for Europe. Some smelters were heard to have intermittent problems but these were never confirmed at source. Nonetheless, smelter producers all spoke of low inventory levels or sold-out stock positions. In the US, the market appeared to be more in balance, hence the need for material coming from Canada, Mexico and Europe was limited.
Updated to Q4 2014
The World Sulphuric Acid Weekly report is published under the ICIS PentaSul brand. It contains eight benchmark sulphuric acid price assessments – (three contract and five spot basis).
We also track the prices of associated products, both upstream and downstream, such as sulphur, base metals and phosphate fertilizer.
The report covers all events likely to impact the global sulphuric acid market, including project news, cargo movements and contract price settlements. The information in the report is gathered by talking to suppliers, traders and consumers around the world.
All these developments are thoroughly analysed on a weekly basis. The report is beneficial to our customers because it is the most comprehensive analysis of this crucial market.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Sulphuric acid. 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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