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Updated to Q3 2018
Supply of anhydrous fuel-grade ethanol was ample in Q3, with corn harvest in the US continuing at levels similar to the previous year. Hydrous ethanol supply was briefly interrupted due to logistical issues during a trucker strike in Brazil and then followed by heavy rains there, but the harvest/crush season resumed at healthy levels late in the quarter.
Demand decreased as the Philippines, the main export destination for US fuel-grade ethanol in southeast Asia, increased requirements for blenders to purchase locally produced ethanol under a quota system before they can import any material. The US-China trade war also eroded demand for fuel ethanol shipments from the US to China as the latter imposed stiff tariffs for US ethanol.
Updated to Q2 2018
Anhydrous ethanol prices in Asia were under pressure through the second quarter as the main producers like the US and Brazil were expected to continue experiencing strong harvest conditions. Hydrous ethanol prices were largely stable as Brazil started its new sugarcane harvest/crush season in the second quarter.
Demand in Asia from some of the main export markets were soft amid ongoing trade tensions between the US and China. Hydrous ethanol demand was stable but limited deals were transacted due to high prices.
Updated to Q2 2015
Fuel grade ethanol prices in the Southeast Asia import market were largely stable-to-firm throughout April and May.
Higher feedstock costs and demand and stronger gasoline consumption during the driving season in the US placed upward pressure on prices.
In the Southeast Asian export market, limited cargoes were exported from Thailand as it was catering to its own domestic market. The domestic price in Thailand was higher than the international market, making exporting less attractive. Prices largely moved in line with developments in the Philippines market, the major importing country in the region.
The price direction in the Southeast Asian import market reversed from early June amid uncertainties in the US market. The US government had reduced the biofuel production mandates, which includes ethanol, under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). Low demand and ample supply placed pressure on prices.
Hydrous/B-grade ethanol in the Northeast Asia import market were stable-to-firm from April to early May, in line with movements of the Brazilian Real and the crude oil market.
From mid-May, prices were stable-to-soft on anticipated increased supply from Brazil following the first round of harvesting which started in April. Export prices of hydrous ethanol in the Southeast Asian market moved in line with Northeast Asia prices.
We offer the following regional Ethanol analysis and news coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Asia Ethanol marketplace.
News & analysis
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There are two main types of ethanol – fermentation and synthetic. The major outlets for industrial ethanol are as a solvent and in chemical synthesis.
ICIS publishes a weekly report for Ethanol in Asia which contains price quotes for the anhydrous and hydrous grade product.
For the anhydrous grade, we get the import prices through the Philippines and also track prices from Pakistan. For the Hydrous grade; import prices to North East Asia and South East Asia are assessed.
These are prices for deep sea material usually arriving from Brazil. We work closely with our colleagues who cover the US and Brazilian markets to ensure we capture all the movements to Asia and help to provide global context to the regional market.
The report monitors shipping freights as it has an important role in influencing economical prices and a breakdown of fixtures and enquiries is included.
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HOUSTON (ICIS)--US ethanol supplies fell last week, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Wednesday. Supplies fell to 23.897m bbl...Read