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Updated to Q4 2017
Domestic supply levels were fairly constant for the typically slower winter season seen across most of the crop regions. Although supply was at hand, this was met with very little buying interest because the supply pull at the farm gate was seasonally lower. There was also less pressure for importers who did not squeeze the market with extra volumes given that farming activities were mostly sidelined.
Overall demand was decreased during Q4 but this is typical in the US following harvest and with onset of winter. There was also a reduced window in many of the key states as harvest was delayed with unfavourable weather conditions persisting in many regions. This left phosphate applications diminish or defer until the spring. What movement seen was generally driven by the restocking of retail inventory during the quarter but new buying was mostly vacant.
European phosphates supply in the fourth quarter was stable, as producers targeted the continent on its high demand season. Producers from North Africa and the Middle East mainly continued to supply the region, as they can get better netbacks than other regions where demand had died down. Also, freight was favourable for producers from Africa but also from Russia. The latter continued to ship cargoes to domestic and regional markets where demand for phosphates has not slowed down.
Phosphates demand in Europe in Q4 was stable, as buyers were looking for cargoes following the summer lull. Cargoes from Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and Russia were sold as buyers did not want to finish the year with excess product. Moreover, adverse weather towards the end of the year made shipments to Europe more difficult.
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