ICIS publishes pricing information which you can use in settlements and contracts in order to optimise your deals and negotiations within the China Methanol market.
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Updated to Q4 2016
Domestic methanol prices saw continued gains in the fourth quarter. Limited arrivals at ports, speculative activities and news that one MTO plant may be started up in the year boosted methanol prices to high levels. By the close of trade on 9 December, ex-tank prices in east China were at yuan (CNY) 2,620-3,050/tonne, up by CNY720-980/tonne from 30 September, while those in south China were at CNY2,560-2,970/tonne, up by CNY540-900/tonne from 30 September. In northern China, prices largely fluctuated within a narrow range. China’s import methanol prices remained on an upward path in the fourth quarter. Sellers were less inclined to move cargoes, considering continued increases in methanol futures, persistently tight spot supply at ports and expectations about the start-up of two olefins plants in China’s coastal regions. Downstream buyers made active purchases and thus, import prices kept rising. By the close of trade on 9 December, import methanol prices were assessed at $315-335/tonne, up by $85-93/tonne from 30 September.
ICIS has 20 years experience in reporting on the methanol markets. We have produced methanol China weekly reports since 2008.
ICIS talks to buyers, traders and producers to obtain detailed information. We take a comprehensive look at the upstream and downstream factors that can influence pricing. Turnarounds or outages that could impact the market are also covered.
We quote our spot import rates to China on a cost & freight (CFR) basis and provide Chinese domestic price assessments for major regions. The price movements are closely watched by the industry and widely used as key benchmarks for contract negotiations.
It is an important report for our subscribers and a popular and trusted source of information.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Methanol. 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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