Toluene Price Trends and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

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Toluene Price Trends and Forecast

Toluene Price Trends for the First Half of 2023


In the first quarter, the price trends of Toluene declined by almost 6% due to the restricted movement of the market because of covid restrictions. However, the prices started inclining in the second quarter as the manufacturing activities increased, given the total removal of covid restrictions. The spot prices of Toluene averaged around 1031 USD/MT in May’23. The prices dipped a little towards the end of June. However, the prices were supported by the stable crude oil costs and balance in supply-demand equilibria. A similar trends was observed in the Indian market, where the spot prices averaged around 975 USD/MT in June’23.


A fluctuating trends in the prices of Toluene was observed in the first two quarters of 2023. The prices inclined due to the positive outlook of the solvents, paints, and coatings industries. The region was also supported by the cost pressure offered by crude oil prices and stable rates of production that persisted throughout the first half of 2023. There were some slight fluctuations in the demand sector; overall, the price trajectory of Toluene remained in the positive zone.

North America

The North American market did not support the rise in the prices of Toluene in the first and second quarters of 2023. The prices suffered from the weak support from the crude oil sector and sluggish dynamics of the paints and solvent industries. This situation improved slightly in March as the supply-demand equilibria showed some stabilization, and the activities of the toluene derivatives sector also began to improve.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price of Toluene is estimated to record an oscillating pattern in the upcoming quarter. The solvent and paint industries are gaining momentum and increasing their output rates which are estimated to support the global toluene market.

Toluene Price Trends for the Second Half of 2022


The price trends of Toluene in the third and fourth quarters of 2022 witnessed a gradual decline due to the weak demand from the domestic industries and a reduced number of orders. The market was also adversely affected by the production rate cuts as the Chinese government restricted manufacturing activities due to prevalent heat waves in the region. The support from the crude oil sector and international markets could not back the toluene market, thus, aiding the falling prices.


The price trends of Toluene in the last two quarters of 2022 dipped significantly in the European region due to a notable decline in demand from the downstream industries. The negative impact of the increasing inventories, falling crude oil prices, and weak purchasing nature of the buyers caused the southward movement of the toluene prices in the European region.

North America

A mixed trends in the prices of Toluene was observed in North America. The decline in the prices was backed by the weak support from the feedstock materials, low freight rate, and low inquiries from the traders. In addition, the price trends was also affected by the slow market of solvent industries that had a negative impact on the demand sector and thus stroked the downward trajectory of the toluene prices.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price of Toluene is estimated to show a mixed trends in the upcoming quarter. The commodity prices will be majorly influenced by the demand from the solvent industry and uneven production rates.

Toluene Price Trends for the Second Quarter of 2022


During the second quarter of 2022, the Asia Pacific region experienced contradictory market attitudes for toluene. Toluene prices decreased in China in April as a result of a large supply and weak demand from the construction and downstream cosmetics industries. Moreover, the ongoing Covid ban in some Chinese cities had an effect on toluene market sentiment. However, as downstream output has increased following the May Day holidays, toluene prices have risen since the middle of the quarter. The increase in toluene demand to create the downstream product benzene impacted the toluene market. The increase in transportation costs brought on by the rise in fuel prices resulted in an increase in the market for toluene as well.

North America

Due to the price of raw materials, toluene prices  in the North American region is constantly changing, initially rising and then declining in the second quarter of 2022. Morever, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine disrupted the market for toluene by driving upstream crude prices and feedstock benzene.

Russian invasion caused a rerouting of shipments that exacerbated the trends in toluene prices. The market for the chemical was also impacted by rising fuel prices and freight costs. In addition, prices have increased as a result of US sanctions against Russian gas due to the energy crisis. Therefore, in June 2022, per ton price of toluene in the USA was set at 1225 USD.


The second quarter of 2022 saw an increase in toluene prices on the European market, driven by a rise in local demand. The scarcity of upstream crude supply also contributed to the price hike.

Additionally, the need for sanctions against Russia's oil embargo and the escalation in energy prices brought on by geopolitical upheaval have boosted the price of toluene. Due to high domestic demand and rising output, the toluene market has grown even more. A further factor in the rise in toluene pricing is its increased demand to make its derivative toluene diisocyanate.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the prices of Toluene are expected to go down in the second half of the year; however, they might be reconnoitred later. The primary reason behind the languid prices for Toluene would be passive demand from downstream products. Moreover, Toluene's stockpiling and failing operational rates may further hit the prices. On the contrary, the LNG demand might cause the toluene market to be reinforced, causing prices to gain momentum.

Toluene Price Trends For the First Quarter of 2022


In the first quarter of 2022, toluene prices in Asia Pacific started to rise. As a result of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, upstream crude prices have risen, causing a price increase in the toluene market. Furthermore, the regional market's toluene price trajectory was influenced by the disruption of commerce and port congestion caused by the return of COVID in China. In addition, the increase in demand for downstream paint, ink, and adhesives has caused the price of toluene to skyrocket. Furthermore, higher freight costs have boosted the region's Toluene market. Thus, by the quarter ending March 2022, CFR toluene prices in India had stabilised at 815 USD/MT.


Toluene prices increased in the first quarter of 2022 as a result of an increase in demand from the regional market. The price increase was prompted by increasing demand for ink, paints, and adhesives. Furthermore, upstream crude was influenced by geopolitical tensions, which had a negative impact on petroleum feedstocks, causing rail and road traffic bottlenecks across the Black Sea. Furthermore, the continuation of Europe's energy crisis, which began when Russian gas was suspended following their invasion of Ukraine, resulted in a considerable price hike. As a result, in March 2022, the FOB price of toluene in Germany was estimated to be 1150 USD/MT.

North America

Toluene prices soared in the first quarter of 2022, owing to increased demand from downstream industries such as paints, adhesives, and glues. Furthermore, the interruption created by the Russia-Ukraine conflict contributed in an increase in upstream Crude and feedstock Benzene prices, which impacted the Toluene market. Furthermore, after the Russian invasion, shipments were rerouted, delaying supplies and hurting the Toluene price trends. The Toluene market was also impacted by rising fuel prices and freight costs. Furthermore, once the United States imposed sanctions on Russian gas, the energy issue has pushed up costs. In March 2022, the cost of toluene in the United States was 1225 USD/MT.

Toluene Price trends For the Fourth Quarter of 2021


In Asia, the price of toluene varied across the countries in the last quarter of 2021. In China, the price fluctuated throughout the quarter due to changing prices of benzene and also due to variations in demand. In Shanghai, toluene prices rose from 993 USD/MT to 1022 USD/MT from October to November and finally dropped to 915 USD/MT in December 2021. In India, a similar trends was witnessed as prices dropped by 115 USD/MT from October to December 2021. This fall in price was due to ample supplies of toluene as well as benzene.


In the final quarter of 2021 in Europe, the market witnessed an increase in toluene prices due to the limited supply from the manufacturers. Imports were restricted and reduced from Asia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also led to a shortage of supply among local producers. Production levels were also low due to an upsurge in natural gas prices. In Hamburg, toluene prices increased by 75 USD/MT from October 2021 to December 2021, reaching 910 USD/MT.

North America

In the fourth quarter of 2021, toluene prices witnessed a downward trajectory backed by the ample supply of the product as the major producers such as Dow and ExxonMobil resumed their toluene production in September. The demand outlook mostly remained stable throughout the quarter. A dip in crude oil prices led to an increase in the benzene price; this, coupled with narrow demand, affected toloune prices in the region. Consumers were not willing to stock large amounts of toluene, which was yet another reason for its price fall. In December 2021, the price in the US was 853 USD/MT.

For First, Second and Third Quarters of 2021


In India, a consistent and gradual rise in toluene prices was noted as industries started to recover from the pandemic. As transportation restrictions were lifted by the state governments, the demand increased along with the rising levels of petrochemical consumption. A significant price hike was witnessed as the Chinese government imposed taxes on the commodities that were imported, which included aromatics.

This in turn affected the pricing trendss of the chemical in China’s domestic market by the end of quarter 2. In Shanghai, toluene prices were reported to be around 740 USD/MT in June. Demand dynamics were surging in Asia as demand continued to increase owing to rising consumption levels in the coating and paint industries as building construction increased. Prices rose with the increasing demand in the third quarter of 2021. Industries increased their operating costs for plant operations, which led to an upward trends in the domestic demand. By the end of quarter 3, toluene prices were as high as 824 USD/MT. However, it was not as high as expected due to the swinging crude oil market.


Toluene supplies were controlled in the first quarter of 2021 in Europe following a decline in consumption levels due to the pandemic-induced lockdowns that affected mobility, transportation, and the economy, which led to low toluene demand. The price in quarter 1 of 2021 in Germany was 598 USD/MT. The supply was tight in the European region owing to the delay in resuming operations at the BASF Ludwigshafen plant.

Imports from the US increased the product supply volume as demand continued to increase owing to rising consumption levels in the coating and paint industries as building construction increased. On the back of a spike in demand throughout the region, the pricing trends observed a marginal uptrends. The price in quarter 2 of 2021 in Germany was 746 USD/MT.

The overall market for the chemical witnessed a mixture of sentiments during the third quarter of 2021 in Europe. In September, toluene prices fell as the crude oil market dipped. Demand remained sluggish, and trading was lower in early September, influencing the prices in the quarter. In quarter 3 of 2021, Germany witnessed a downward trends in its price as it reduced from 805 USD/MT to 755 USD/MT in quarter 3.

North America

During quarter one of 2021, the supply was limited as plant operations ceased owing to maintenance requirements. Production lines were affected in the US due to adverse weather conditions and harsh cold. Prices thus increased in the domestic market. The soaring prices of locally produced toluene made conditions difficult for domestic buyers, and they shifted to foreign exports from Asia. Prices were around 910 USD/MT in quarter 1. A noticeable improvement in its supplies as compared to the previous quarter was noted, as the production rates picked up following the aftermath of the Uri storm, which motivated the petrochemical industries to replenish their supply gap.

Demand for the chemical increased in the market, owing to rising consumption levels in the coating and painting industries as building construction increased. As hurricanes were predicted in the US, several spot buyers rushed to increase their toluene stock supplies. By the end of the second quarter, prices had stabilised at $845 USD/MT. In the third quarter of 2021, prices were mostly stable in North America as leading manufacturers of toluene, such as Dow and ExxonMobil, resumed their production of toluene and therefore increased their supply in the market during the third quarter of 2021.

This was followed by a plateau in demand due to unanticipated lockdowns, and thus prices remained mostly stable. As demand from downstream markets was still in the recovery stage, prices were range-bound. The market price increased to 990 USD/MT in the third quarter.

For the Year 2020


Toluene markets in Asia were severely affected in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic as markets failed to recover from its decreasing demand. In China, supplies soared as local traders tried to increase their sales via export channels, which therefore increased the influx of the chemical in Southeast Asia. Further falls in prices were supported by erratic changes in natural gas prices and unstable demand dynamics. The average price was approximately 637 USD/MT.


As consumption of the chemical dropped in Europe, its market dwindled. Producers were affected by the downward trajectory of its prices and tried to reduce their operating costs. Several turnarounds in downstream plants also affected the demand for toluene. In Germany, prices dropped from 565 USD/MT in quarter 1 to 357 USD/MT in quarter 2 due to the pandemic. However, they rose to 425 USD/MT in the third quarter and remained stable for the rest of the year.

North America

Markets in the US were affected by the high supplies in Asia as well as weather storms and hurricanes that redirected the imports. As transportation increased gradually following the pandemic, the demand also increased. Producers reduced their operating costs, and suppliers relied on export demand. Prices in the US fell from 1000 USD/MT in the first quarter to as low as 780 USD/MT in the final quarter of 2020.

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Toluene is an aromatic hydrocarbon. In appearance, it is a colourless, water-insoluble liquid with the smell associated with paint thinners. It is a mono-substituted benzene derivative composed of a CH3 group attached to a phenyl group.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Toluene
Chemical Formula C6H5CH3 or C7H8
Industrial Uses Solvent, Fuel, Precursor (benzene and xylene), Paints, Lacquers, Thinners, Glues, Correction Fluid, Nail Polish Remover
Molecular Weight 92.14 g/mol
Synonyms 108-88-3, Methylbenzene, Toluol, Phenylmethane, Anisen
Supplier Database Shell Chemicals, Reliance Industries Limited, China National Petroleum Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Valero Marketing and Supply Company
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery

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Production Process

  • Production of Toluene via Solvent Extraction Process

Reformates of crude petroleum distillates; liquid products from the pyrolysis of hydrocarbons (steam cracking) and other liquid products from the gasification or coking (pyrolysis) of coal, lignite, etc. are generally utilised while producing Toluene. Final separation of Toluene from these mixtures and purification is done by any of the distillation or solvent extraction methods utilised for BTX aromatics (benzene, toluene, and xylene isomers).


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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