Potash Price Trend

Potash Prices (Q1 2022)

North America

Following Western economic sanctions against a major potash supplier in Belarus, prices in the United States and Brazil are at multi-year highs. The strong worldwide demand and limited supply are contributing to the price increase. On March 9, the price of poash in the United States reached an all-time high of 815 USD/MT. Brazil is also on the lookout for a new fertiliser supply, as the conflict in Ukraine threatens to halt nutrient exports to the country. Brazil imports around 85% of its fertiliser, with Russia accounting for about a fifth of those imports. The Russian commerce ministry has requested that fertiliser exports be halted. There were several challenges with global fertiliser supplies even before the conflict.

Potash Prices (Q4 2021)

Asia

The price in Asia declined in the fourth quarter after reaching a new high the previous quarter. During the festive season, the market in India turned bullish, backing this strong rise in India. Following a dip in demand during the holiday season, the trend reversed in the final month of the quarter. Price continued to fall in December, with supply outstripping demand. Traders remained anxious about their inventory levels, and vigorous negotiations to encourage the sale of current goods before the end of the year were allowed to continue.

Europe

During the fourth quarter of 2021, the price continued to rise. Although demand from downstream sectors such as fertilisers was low, availability remained low as transportation operations were halted in some regions due to weather conditions, maintaining prices modestly. Trading operations in Asia and Europe remained limited due to congestion on key trade routes, high freight costs, and other issues. A lack of containers also influenced the price in the region.

North America 

Price in North America was held in a constant to tight range in Q4 due to insufficient demand. As the holiday season approached, buyer interest waned in the last two months of the year. MOP prices were quoted at 800 USD/MT CFR New York. The demand dropped even more at the peak of the winter season, as end-use sectors had already purchased enough cargoes at the start of the quarter. The price remained steady in Q4 due to unbalanced demand and supply dynamics.

Latin America

Price in Brazil in December had increased by 550 USD/MT by the end of December 2021 and CFR prices were reported at 800 USD/MT. The price increased in the region as imports dwindled and demand increased as the Brazilian agricultural land was lacking in potash which increased the fertilizer demand, thereby causing the price to soar.

Potash Prices 2021

Latin America

The prices in Brazil increased in May-June. In the first quarter, the potash CFR prices were around 245 USD/MT which increased in the May-June period and remained high for the rest of the year. The prices increased by 550 USD/MT, to 800 USD/MT following a shortage in supply as Belarus exports faced sanctions even though Brazil had not announced any sanctions on Belarus. Brazil also faced import competition from Canada which was the second largest importer of potash in 2021.

Potash Prices Overview 2020

Latin America

In April 2020, the Muriate of Potash (MOP) prices in Brazil were reported at 215 USD/MT following which the prices witnessed an upward trend in the region.

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Chart Description: 

Procurement Resource provides prices of Potash for several countries around the globe, which are as follows:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • Africa

About Potash:

Potash is composed of several mined and manufactured salts that include potassium in water-soluble form. The name derives from pot ash, that basically refers to plant ashes soaked in water in a pot.  Potash ores are generally rich in potassium chloride (KCl), sodium chloride (NaCl) and some other salts and clays. 

Chemical Formula of Potash: 

  • KCl
  • 0-0-60

Industrial Uses: 

  • Food
  • Fertiliser
  • Animal Seed
  • Soaps
  • Water Softeners
  • Glass

Production Processes:

  • Production of Potash via Evaporation Process.

The primary chemical compound in the reaction is potassium carbonate, which is derived by leaching the ashes in big iron pots to dissolve out the soluble components. Evaporation of the solution using percolation results in the production of Potash.

Supplier Database: 

  • Nutrien Limited
  • The Mosaic Company
  • Intrepid Potash Inc
  • Arab Potash Company
  • EuroChem Group AG
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Note: Our supplier search experts can assist your procurement teams in compiling and validating a list of suppliers indicating they have products, services, and capabilities that meet your company's needs.

Methodology: 

The displayed pricing data is derived through weighted average purchase price, including contract and spot transactions at the specified locations unless otherwise stated. The information provided comes from the compilation and processing of commercial data officially reported for each nation (i.e. government agencies, external trade bodies, and industry publications).

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