Overview

The global phosphates market has witnessed increasing volatility, in response to military conflicts, political tensions and changing market dynamics. Price fluctuations have continued to buffet the market, with increasing demand from south and Southeast Asia the main regions driving consumption growth. Rising raw material prices and improved affordability have lifted prices once again. 

Phosphates' usage is also not solely limited to fertilizers. Battery-material suppliers are increasingly seeking to source phosphate rock and specialty phosphates-based products to meet the rapidly rising demand for lithium-iron-phosphate batteries for electric vehicle production.

Our extensive phosphates coverage includes DAP, MAP, TSP and SSP, as well as raw materials phosphate rock and phosphoric acid, with assessments also spanning feed products MCP and DCP. Argus has many decades of experience covering the phosphates market and incorporate our multi-commodity market expertise in key areas including sulphur and ammonia to provide the full market narrative.

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India’s SECI seeks long-term green ammonia supply


10/06/24
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10/06/24

India’s SECI seeks long-term green ammonia supply

Singapore, 10 June (Argus) — State-owned Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a tender on 7 June to select eligible suppliers to supply 539,000 t/yr of green ammonia. The ammonia will be supplied to 11 fertilizer facilities in India, owned by eight different fertilizer producers. Offers are to be submitted online by 29 July and in hard copy by 31 July. SECI will then hold a reverse auction to select the successful suppliers. SECI will sign a Green Ammonia Producers Agreement (Gapa) with the successful suppliers for a period of 10 years based on the terms and conditions of the tender. Participants are to submit a fixed price which shall remain valid for the duration of the Gapa. Successful suppliers under this tender are required to set up green ammonia production facilities in India to produce and supply green ammonia to the phosphate fertilizer producers listed in the table below, including building storage and transporting product to the producers. Successful suppliers will have access to the following government subsidies: 8.82 rupees/kg ($105.62/t) of green ammonia in the first year of production and supply Rs7.06/kg during the second year of production and supply, Rs5.30/kg during the third year of production and supply They will also be eligible for carbon credits, which will be issued by a separate entity and not discussed in this tender. This tender was initially announced in January . It is part of SECI's efforts as an agency under India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the implementing agency for the Implementation of Strategic Interventions for Green Hydrogen Transition (SIGHT) Programme under India's National Green Hydrogen Mission aimed at enabling rapid scale-up, technology development and cost reduction of green hydrogen production. By Huijun Yao Tendered capacity for green ammonia supply unit Fertilizer Producer Location Green ammonia requirement (t/yr) Shipment schedule Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) Kandla, Gujarat 100,000 25,000 t/quarter IFFCO Paradeep, Odisha 100,000 25,000 t/quarter Madras Fertilizers Limited (MFL) Manali, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 4,000 350 t/month Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GNFC) Bharuch, Gujarat 50,000 12,500 t/quarter Paradeep Phosphates Limited (PPL) Paradeep, Odisha 75,000 23,500 t/quarter PPL Zuarinagar, Goa 25,000 4,500t every other month Indorama India Private Limited (IIPL) Haldia, West Bengal 20,000 1,100-1,200 t/month Mangalore Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited (MCFL) Panambur, Mangalore, Karnataka 15,000 3,000 t/quarter Coromandel International Limited (CIL) Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 50,000 - CIL Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh 85,000 - CIL Ennore, Tamil Nadu 15,000 - Send comments and request more information at feedback@argusmedia.com Copyright © 2024. Argus Media group . All rights reserved.

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Australia’s IPL fertiliser sale process 'advanced'


16/05/24
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16/05/24

Australia’s IPL fertiliser sale process 'advanced'

Singapore, 16 May (Argus) — Australian chemicals and fertilizer producer Incitec Pivot (IPL) said the sale of its fertilizer business, first proposed last year, is now in "advanced negotiations". The potential sale of Incitec Pivot Fertilizers (IPF) to Indonesian producer Pupuk Kalimantan Timur (PKT) is subject to agreeing and executing final binding transaction documents, although there is no certainty that any deal will be reached or that any sale will occur, IPL said its financial report for its October 2023-March 2024 half year on 16 May. While IPL considering the sale of its fertilizer unit first emerged in July 2023, it was unclear who the interested buyers were. PKT is a subsidiary of state-owned fertilizer group Pupuk Indonesia Holdings and has production capacity of 2.74mn t/yr of ammonia, 3.43mn t/yr of urea and 300,000 t/yr of NPKs. Should the deal eventuate, the Indonesian producer intends to continue supplying fertilizers to Australia, support the retention of IPF's workforce and grow IPF's business in Australia, PKT confirmed to IPL. IPL reported a 77pc year-on-year fall in its first-half earnings before interest and tax (ebit) to A$10mn ($6.7mn). This was mainly attributed to the closure of Gibson Island that was producing ammonia, urea, granular ammonium sulphate and diesel exhaust fluid AdBlue, as well as reduced manufacturing performance at Phosphate Hill in Queensland with a capacity of 1mn t/yr of DAP, MAP and specialty products. But its distribution business was supported by firm demand and a well-managed fertilizer supply chain with its first-half ebit more than doubling from a year earlier to A$27mn, which partially offset a weaker manufacturing performance. By Huijun Yao Send comments and request more information at feedback@argusmedia.com Copyright © 2024. Argus Media group . All rights reserved.

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Phosphates: Brazilian MAP imports recover in April


14/05/24
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14/05/24

Phosphates: Brazilian MAP imports recover in April

London, 14 May (Argus) — Brazil's MAP imports in April reached their highest level so far this year, buoyed by plentiful supply from Russia and demand ramping up ahead of the main season. Brazil imported 378,147t of MAP in April, of which Russia accounted for nearly 260,000t, Morocco 67,000t and Saudi Arabia 51,500t. Year-to-date imports for the January to April period reached 1.025mn t, of which Russia accounted for 76pc, Morocco 15pc and Saudi Arabia 6pc. The main changes compared with 2023 are the nearly 600,000t fall in total MAP imports compared to last year. Russia has actually raised its market share from nearly 52pc last year to 76pc. Otherwise, Moroccan MAP exports fell from nearly 500,000t in 2023 to 158,000t, while US exports fell nearly 120,000t year-on-year. Saudi MAP exports almost halved from 109,000t in the first four months of 2023. Chinese MAP exports fell from over 37,000t in 2023 to just 9,000t in 2024. Several reasons explain the changes. Overall imports are down on an exceptionally high first four months of 2023. Average imports for the last five years were around 1.15mn t, imports for 2024 are on par. Moroccan producer OCP concentrated more on DAP shipments to India east of Suez as well as MAP shipments to Australia. High domestic prices in the US cut export availability and pulled in non-Russian and non-Moroccan cargoes from other markets. Saudi producers also concentrated more on DAP markets in India with Chinese phosphate supply out of play. Chinese producers concentrated more on the domestic market and faced customs inspections, which limited export availability for phosphates. By Mike Nash Send comments and request more information at feedback@argusmedia.com Copyright © 2024. Argus Media group . All rights reserved.

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Floods to sow chaos for Brazil’s South logistics


09/05/24
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09/05/24

Floods to sow chaos for Brazil’s South logistics

Sao Paulo, 9 May (Argus) — Unprecedented floods in Brazil's southern Rio Grande do Sul state are expected to create even more chaotic logistics situation in the country and could cut fertilizer usage for 2024-25 soybean crop in the state. Heavy rainfall has hit the state since 29 April, culminating in the worst floods ever registered in Rio Grande do Sul. The floods have reached the central part of the state, closing the ports of Pelotas and Porto Alegre, which both handle agricultural commodities, including grains, oilseeds and fertilizers. The high waters are expected to move south, reaching Rio Grande port. The three Rio Grande do Sul ports handled about 44.8mn metric tonnes (t) in 2023, with the larger Rio Grande port accounting for at least 42.6mn t, according to port data. The state's geographic layout and a particularly narrow channel for floodwaters to reach the sea suggests the worst is yet to come in the southern part of the state. Water levels are about to increase in the Lagoa dos Patos, a lagoon that receives water from many rivers and flows to the Atlantic Ocean. But operations are running normally in the Rio Grande port as of 9 May. The national association of cereal exporters Anec project that 343,250 t of soybeans and 131,778 t of soymeal will be shipped in the week ended 11 May, according to port schedule data. Shipments between 28 April and 4 May — which account for the days where rainfall reached its peak and the state began to flood — totaled 183,559t and 133,424t for soybean and soymeal, respectively. Lineup data from maritime agency Williams predicts that soybean exports may total 838,600t, nearly doubling the volumes from the forecast a week ago. The estimated average waiting time for shipping rose to just three days from the two days projected on 29 April. The Rio Grande port was the fifth largest soybean exporter in 2023, with 3.8mn t shipped last year, according to the National Waterway Transportation Agency (Antaq). Waiting time for discharge fertilizers is at around one day, unchanged from the previous week. Rio Grande port was third in terms of fertilizer import volumes in the first quarter 2024, according to lineup data from maritime agency Unimar. Paranagua, in Parana state, received 2mn t of fertilizers, followed by Santos port and Rio Grande, with 1.9mn t and 990,640t, respectively. Lineup data for May and June suggest that Rio Grande is about to receive 540,900t and 66,375t of fertilizers, respectively. Vessels lined-up for Rio Grande may be diverted to other ports, specially for Sao Francisco do Sul, in Santa Catarina state, and Paranagua according to market participants. Even if fertilizer volumes would be discharged as initially planned, the flow to agriculture producing areas would be compromised. The main access to the port, the BR-116 roadway, is already partially blocked, hampering truck flows in the state. Drivers have already been searching for short-stretches to move goods, as long-stretches force them to look for longer alternatives, considering there are around 88 partial and full road blockages in the state as of 9 May. Logistics company Rumo also partially interrupted operations in Rio Grande do Sul state on 6 May. The company has a grain terminal in Rio Grande port and a rail network of around 7,220km in Brazil's South region, which includes Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Parana states. Fertilizer companies that operate in Rio Grande do Sul are reportedly trying to move their product to warehouses away from the rivers. Considering the agricultural production, volumes that had already been sowed and were in silos are now soaked. With more damage expected to be measured farmers in Rio Grande do Sul may be discouraged from investing in technology and fertilizers for the upcoming 2024-25 soybean crop. More rain forecast for the weekend Brazil's national meteorological institute Inmet expects rainfall to intensify once again in Rio Grande do Sul starting this Friday between the state's center-north and west portions. Rain levels are expected to subside by 12 May, but may surpass 100mm before then. The coastal areas in the north regions and south of Santa Catarina state are also expected to be affected, according to Inmet. By Renata Cardarelli and Nathalia Giannetti Send comments and request more information at feedback@argusmedia.com Copyright © 2024. Argus Media group . All rights reserved.

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