Ammonium sulphate: International market trend of ammonium sulphate in the 4th week of February 2018
Source: Zhongyu Information Date: 2018-3-2 17:10:41
2.22-3.1 International Market Dynamics (from foreign sources)
China: After the Spring Festival holiday, the export market transaction is not active, and the spot price is stable at fob115-120 USD/ton. Domestic prices have remained stable as spring demand is about to begin. The shipment of extruded granular ammonium sulphate is expected to be small before April, and most still come from Turkey’s demand for caprolactam-grade ammonium sulphate. Supported by rising demand from Indonesia and Turkey, China’s exports in January rose 20% to 515,000 tons. Indonesia has more than 102,000 tons, followed by Turkey with 80,000 tons. The number of exports to Malaysia has nearly tripled compared to the same period last year, reaching 76,000.
Turkey: Keytrade is currently on the market for 1-3 Turkish ports for a vessel loaded with 40,000 tons of ammonium sulphate from Nanjing. The current shipping cost is $27-30/ton, which indicates a price of $145-147/ton cfr Turkish Port based on the current FOB price in China. This is about $5/ton higher than the latest sales price of Chinese caprolactam-grade ammonium sulfate.
Russia: Manufacturers of steel grade ammonium sulphate have put all of their sources in March into the domestic market. Kuaz’s supply of caprolactam-grade ammonium sulphate in March has been sold out, and the supply in April has not yet been pre-sold. There is currently an inquiry from a Turkish businessman. Schekinoazot’s supply in March has been sold to Russian buyers, and it is intended to be sold in the domestic market in April.
Indonesia: Kujang shipped 6,000 tons of ammonium sulphate on February 26th. It attracted 11 offers ranging in price from $126-147/ton. A trading company in Singapore is the lowest and won the bid. The container shipping cost from Ningbo is estimated to be around US$5/ton.
Central America: In shipments from China to El Salvador and Guatemala in March, CHS has sold approximately 10,000 tons of standard grade ammonium sulphate to Mayafert for $130/ton. Ammonium sulfate will be combined with nitrogen and phosphorus binary fertilizer and magnesium sulfate on a 40,000-ton ship. Shipping costs are slightly lower by $1-2 based on $20/ton.
North West Europe: Buyers from Africa, Turkey, Mexico and Central America are asking for quotes from the market, but no spot sales were found this week. In March of this year, the supply of standard grade ammonium sulphate was limited, and most of the granular ammonium sulphate seems to be sold in the coming month. The standard price is $135-140/ton FOB, and the pellet price remains at $165-170/ton FOB.
Brazil: After nearly two months of demand stagnation, the search for goods began to increase in March. The price of granular ammonium sulfate has been close to $190/ton cfr, and the standard grade on the market is now quoted at $150/ton cfr. However, the deal was not heard at this high price.
US: AdvanSix, an ammonium sulfate producer in the US, remains cautious about the spring plowing market despite recent increases in nitrogen fertilizer prices. The prospect of the producer in 2018 shows that although Chinese exports boosted prices at the beginning of the year, low food prices put pressure on growers and global long-term urea supply. In the operation of AdvanSix’ Hopewell, Virginia, due to the harsh winter weather, after a 2-3 week downtime, the factory has been on schedule since the first week of February. Unplanned downtime is expected to have an impact of approximately $30 million. The production capacity of caprolactam production by-products is expected to increase by 18,000 tons/year. AdvanSix expects to maintain high operating rates for the remainder of 2018. AdvanSix’s fourth-quarter profit was $7.24 billion, up from $247,000 in the same period in 2016.