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Updated to Q2 2017
Multiple sulphuric acid cargoes left North America for Chile in Q2, highlighting an arbitrage opportunity that is not always available.
The US and Canada each sent cargoes during the quarter for June arrival. The odd shipment out of the US Gulf came in spite of significant tightness in the country, as Vale, Kennecott, Freeport McMoran and Glencore/Norfalco all saw turnarounds.
Sulphuric acid exports from Canada to Chile from January-April this year stood at just under 36,000 tonnes, according to Statistsics Canada.
Cargoes also departed Canada in February and March.
Sulphuric acid prices in Chile have risen $40/tonne so far this year - with nearly $30/tonne of that taking place in April alone - opening up the odd arbitrage window. At present, Chilean spot prices are at their highest level since July 2015.
A major North America supplier indicated late in the quarter that more sulphuric acid may load for Chile, to take advantage of this pricing opportunity.
Updated to Q1 2017
The global sulphuric acid market was flat to firm in the first quarter of 2017, with maintenance and consistent demand balancing factors.
In Europe, Moroccan acid buyer OCP helped balance the market, taking well over 100,000 tonnes/month in the opening months of the year. While European volumes were prominent, tonnes were also pulled from India and Canada.
In Asia, Indian contract negotiations took place during the quarter, with nearly all settled, and negative netbacks seen in all supply regions. However, spot prices were firming by the end of the quarter, with prices edging back into positive FOB values.
The US market was balanced to tight owing to a series of scheduled maintenance works in Canada.
The World Sulphuric Acid Weekly new look report contains 16 benchmark sulphuric acid price assessments and covers international trade across Europe, Asia and the US.
Included in the report are shipping fixtures and smelter outages, along with coverage of upstream sulphur and downstream fertilizers and chemicals. Coverage and attention is also paid to the base metals market and price developments for copper, zinc and nickel. Sulphuric acid import and export statistics are also published.
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