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Global biodiesel prices are also available via FTP.
Updated to Q4 2019
Supply in Q4 is expected to be higher as Indonesian and Malaysian producers and even those in Thailand continue to try and meet increased buying interest due to the implementation of higher domestic blending mandates, which are expected to support production. Blending mandates are expected to rise again in 2020. Supply is also expected to rise as the palm oil harvest likely to be about similar to last year’s.
Demand in domestic markets is expected to increase due to higher blending mandates but export demand is expected to be slower due to seasonal factors. Buying interest particularly from Europe may be limited due to the onset of winter. Demand for discretionary blending in China is also likely to taper off in the current quarter due to weather effects.
RME supply could tighten in the approach to the year end amid a low upstream rapeseed harvest, coupled with a poor oil yield rate. There are no concerns about FAME 0 availability for Q4, with demand typically at its weakest during the winter months. PME imports are expected to be minimal following the implementation of anti-subsidy duties on Indonesian material.
Demand for RME typically reaches a peak in Q4 as the material is a winter-grade biofuel. FAME 0 buying interest is likely to remain weak until the end of the year, with winter a low period of demand for the biodiesel. Demand for used cooking oil methyl ester (UCOME) is due to rise with players looking to secure final double counted material for 2019 biofuel mandates.
Fourth quarter biodiesel supply is likely to rationalise amid a lack of any word regarding US biofuels reform under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The policy remains uncertain ahead of the 30 November deadline, by which point biodiesel production is expected to have decreased after producers meet the federal mandate for production volumes.
Fourth quarter biodiesel demand is expected to decrease amid a lack of clear reform under the RFS. Without the federal mandate to support increased biodiesel production and increased blending volumes, refiners are unlikely to increase their consumption of renewable fuels, including biodiesel.
We offer the following regional Biodiesel analysis and news coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Biodiesel marketplace.
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Biodiesel is the name of a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from renewable resources. The most commonly used feedstocks are rapeseed, soy and palm oil.
The ICIS global biodiesel report offers weekly spot prices and market developments on all mainstream grades of biodiesel in Asia, Europe, US and Argentina, all in one publication.
The report includes price quotes for rapeseed methyl ester (RME), soy methyl ester (SME), fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) and palm methyl ester (PME).
The spot price assessments are based on FOB (free on board) NWE (northwest Europe), FOB Rotterdam, CIF (cost, insurance & freight) ARA (Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp), T2, FOB Rosario, FOB Midwest, FD (free delivered) Midwest, FOB USG (US Gulf) and FOB SE Asia (southeast Asia).
In addition, it provides key transaction summaries and production news, including plant operating rates, new plant capacities, start-ups, scheduled and unplanned shutdowns.
Contract prices of feedstocks such as vegetable oil, ICE gasoil and crude glycerine are also included for reference.
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