Vancouver sulphur exports in 2013 down on China decrease

25 February 2014 20:57 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Vancouver sulphur exports totaled 2.84m tonnes in 2013, down 5% from 2012, according to data provided by Port Metro Vancouver on Tuesday.  

Australia received the most exports at 938,000 tonnes, up from 662,000 tonnes in 2012. The increase in demand for sulphur in Australia is due to sulphuric acid leaching projects to extract nickel.

China had received the most from Vancouver in 2012 at 1.09m tonnes, but fell to 717,000 tonnes in 2013 due to increased availability from closer producers geographically such as Kazakhstan, Japan, South Korea and Iran.

The year ended with the most tonnage since August, as exports totaled 282,000 tonnes in December. Exports increased from 230,000 tonnes in November and were up from 161,000 tonnes in December 2012.

China received the most exports from Vancouver in December with 128,000 tonnes after receiving no tonnes in November.

The Vancouver sulphur market has seen price increases in recent weeks on tightness of supply and rises in the international market. Spot sulphur is now assessed at $160-180/tonne FOB (free on board).

Increases have slowed internationally with sulphur prices in China reaching a plateau this week at $210/tonne CFR (cost and freight).

By David Tonyan