DAP price expected to rebound from the bottom Summary: India is expected to gradually reduce its dependence on importing DAP from the US and China through a string of expansion projects at home and abroad. Tag: Phosphorus ore, yellow phosphorus, phosphate fertilizer, fine phosphate chemicals
If historical patterns are any indication, the price of DAP is expected to stop falling and is likely to reverse in late Dec. 2012 or mid-Jan. 2013, according to CCM’s December issue of Phosphorus Industry China Monthly Report.
On Dec. 5th, the wholesale price index of DAP dropped to 3,333, which has reached a new low since the issue of the first wholesale price index of DAP in June 2012. (Note: the wholesale price index of DAP is abbreviated to CPPI, which stands for China Phosphate Price Index.)
Indeed, it is noticeable that a sluggishness was spreading throughout the whole DAP market since mid-Oct. 2012—distributors of fertilizer had reduced purchase of DAP, and some bearish agencies warned that DAP prices might keep falling.
Despite the downturn in DAP market, it’s still remarkable that the current ex-work price of DAP is significantly close to the historical bottom in 2011—around USD488/t. Furthermore, the price fluctuation in current DAP market is also similar with that in the same period of previous year. According to the price monitoring for several representative DAP producers in 2011, the price of DAP began to fall in early Oct. and reached the bottom in early Dec.
In addition to historical indication, some Chinese mainstream media had widely heralded a positive signal—China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) intended to loosen the export policy on phosphate fertilizer for the next year, which could help China's phosphate fertilizer market to regain phosphate fertilizer producers' and traders' confidence.
According to the reports from mainstream media, NDRC held a conference on Nov. 27th to confirm the details regarding the export policy on phosphate fertilizer for 2013. The reported version about "the export policy on phosphate fertilizer for 2013" underlined that the period for low export tariff would be extended from four months (June to Sept.) to five months (May to Sept.) and the export tariff would be revised down.
Although the spreading version hadn't been confirmed as the final version by NDRC, there is a high probability that NDRC would loosen export policy on phosphate fertilizer. In the meantime, NDRC indicated that the final version for "the export policy on phosphate fertilizer in 2013" might be issued in mid or late Dec. 2012 soon. For DAP market, the final export policy version for 2013 would provide a clear indication for price movement in DAP market.
Source: Phosphorus Industry China Monthly Report 1212 http://www.cnchemicals.com/Newsletter/NewsletterDetail_209.html
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