Free download: China’s overarching role in the Asian benzene markets

An in-depth review and analysis of the impact of Chinese imports on the Asian markets

As 2016 marks another year of rapid expansions with new capacities starting up in the fourth quarter, Asia’s benzene supply has been rising exponentially. China continues to play an integral role as the largest benzene importer in Asia, due to more domestic downstream expansions, which require more feedstock. As a result, Chinese buyers are renewing their calls for domestic market fundamentals to be reflected in the values of benzene imports, by pricing imported cargoes on a CFR China basis.

To keep up-to-date with this new market dynamic, ICIS recently published a whitepaper which covers all of the following:

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  • History of China’s import contract discussions
  • Changes in perspective on contract discussions and trade flow in China
  • Near-term outlook on demand and supply fundamentals in the Asian benzene market
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Receive updates and information on reliable price assessments and analyses covering Asian benzene markets, including price histories and comprehensive commentaries on the changing trade patterns and trends. Understand the key price drivers and market conditions and settle your contract prices confidently.

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The ICIS China Benzene Annual Study offers comprehensive coverage on recent developments, key issues and future trends in China’s benzene industry. The study also provides an integrated view of supply and demand for the year ahead.

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