Asian Chemical Connections
The Asia bulk chemical shipping industry will be challenging through 2012 because of stagnated freight rates, increased operating costs and oversupply of vessels amid a poor global economic outlook for petrochemicals.
Freight rates for prompt shipments of feedstock and specialty chemicals across key Asian routes in 2011 were largely stable to soft, triggered by a weak export market with no signs of recovery observed in the first quarter of 2012.
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"With stocks depleted for some producers, it is debatable whether they will be able to increase exports."
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