The API 8 coal price assessment
The API 8 price assessment is the benchmark price reference for the import market in China, the world’s largest coal consumer. It assesses prices for coal imported to southern China and averages the two most referenced price assessments for imports in the region — Argus and IHS McCloskey.
Advantages of the API 8 coal price assessment
The API 8 price assessment joins our other global coal price assessments in providing a global benchmark for coal trading. It is calculated as an average of the Argus 5,500 kcal/kg cfr south China price assessment and the IHS McCloskey/Xinhua Infolink south China marker, and is used to settle physical coal sales agreements, swaps used for hedging deals and for futures contracts on world exchanges.
Users of the API 8 coal price assessment
Coal buyers and sellers use the API 8 price assessment to settle coal supply agreements and hedge price risk through swaps and futures market activity. Banks, brokers and other financial participants use the API 8 price assessment to construct those swaps. Futures exchanges use the API 8 price assessment to settle cash-basis futures contracts. Analysts and market observers keep a close eye on the API 8 price assessment for data on market fundamentals in China’s manufacturing and power generation sectors.