Urea Prices, markets & analysis
For clear insight into regional Urea markets, you need in-depth price reports direct from those regions.
That’s why ICIS maintains a network of locally based reporters, providing not just price assessments but market commentary and analysis.
There’s no better way to stay up-to-speed with all the latest information that can make a difference to your business.
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- Input into your own internal analytical models
- Clarify settlements and contracts
- Inform negotiations
ICIS Urea overview
Urea is a key nitrogen fertilizer and a truly global product. Its price is extremely volatile and the product is highly traded and can see dramatic price swings on a regular basis, because of this, the accurate prices provided by ICIS are key to the market.
The key feedstock is natural gas via ammonia. Urea also has important relationships with crop prices such as wheat and corn.
Urea can also be used in the industrial sector to make UF resins, to make melamine; to make adhesives and paints. And for laminates, moulding compounds, paper and textiles.
Urea occurs as white crystals which absorb water. These are either odourless or have a slight smell of ammonia. Urea is not considered to be harmful at normal temperature, but the dust may irritate the skin, eyes and nose.
Urea news and market information products from ICIS
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Insight and analysis of factors driving prices.
Updated to Q3 2014
Urea prices in Yuzhny and most other markets have strengthened during the July-September quarter due to production cuts and are now trading at their yearly high levels.
Prilled urea prices in Yuzhny and the Baltic were trading in the range of $330-335/tonne free on board (FOB) in late September, up by about $20-25/tonne from end-June. This increase is largely due to Black Sea availability of prilled urea remaining tight during the third quarter following Ostchem plant outages in Ukraine.
As for demand, farmers in Europe were earlier focused on harvests and then stayed away from the market as they were not willing to pay higher prices with some offers in France even topping €325/tonne Free Carrier (FCA) in first half of September. Buyers are expected to step into the market in October as prices are starting to soften although their price ideas still remain below sellers’ offers.
An interesting development during the quarter was the increased movement of granular urea from Iran to markets in Europe including Germany, Belgium and Bulgaria as well as significant tonnes going to Turkey.
While sentiment in the global market especially for granular urea is softening moving into the fourth quarter, tight supply outlook for prilled urea in the Black Sea will continue to support prilled prices in the region.
Urea is a truly global product, and ICIS covers all the key global benchmark prices including; the free on board (FOB) prilled urea price; the FOB Baltic Sea prilled urea price; and the FOB Arabian Gulf (AG) granular urea price.
Urea is an extremely volatile product. For that reason, the prices provided by ICIS are key for our subscribers, who include producers and suppliers, traders and distributors, as well as consumers. It is this wide variety of people that ICIS speaks to on a daily basis.
Urea has an important relationship with crop prices, such as wheat and corn, and also the key feedstock of natural gas via ammonia. Developments in these markets are covered in the urea report.
The prices provided by ICIS are accurate and timely, and backed up by a solid methodology.
ICIS is able to draw upon global resources from our offices in Houston (Texas), Singapore, Shanghai and London, giving a truly global response to this global market.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Urea. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
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