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Updated to Q1 2017
The US liquid caustic soda market managed with slim supplies and rising prices during the first quarter as plant maintenances and outages curtailed output and bulging export shipments tightened the domestic market even further.
Contract prices flattened for January and February after floating higher by $130/dst (dry short ton) during 2016. Producers have, however, nominated increases of $60-85/dst for 1 April and the second quarter.
Spot barge prices moved up about $25/dst and spot export prices moved up about $20/dmt (dry metric tonne) during the quarter on tighter supply in the US as well as in Europe and Asia.
US exports in January, the most recent figures available, show strong shipments during the month and producers said the first quarter is expected to provide the largest export volumes for 2017, based on forecasts.
Imports continue to lag their year-ago levels as tight supplies in Europe and Asia limit US buyers’ options.
A number of maintenances will be concluded by the end of the quarter and second quarter supply should be closer to balanced, according to market participants.
The US caustic soda report publishes weekly assessments for spot prices of liquid material, this is for both export and barge prices on a free-on-board (FOB) basis.
The report includes a monthly caustic soda contract price and also tracks quarterly contract levels in the market. We talk to a wide variety of market players, including caustic soda producers, buyers, end-users, traders and brokers.
ICIS determines the status of the market through extensive polling of market participants to establish a solid picture of where the price ideas are.
On top of the data we receive, we also look at other factors in the US market, such as price movements in the co-product chlorine market and what is happening in the end use sectors.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Caustic soda. 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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