Like last week, most markets were full of concerns about price declines, but Bulk FOB managed to keep the market at $495.
Meanwhile, Singapore lowered the price of bitumen several times to $535, but on April 4, FOB bulk prices reached $540, fuel prices reached $ 808,830, and both items rose. Iran also traded a large amount of bitumen last week, raising its price by about US $460 per ton, a difference of US $35 from the price in Bahrain. Given the drums and shipping costs, the price of packaged bitumen is not suitable for short destinations like India. To be more specific, the political events in the market still had a strong impact on the market. The seventh week of the Russo-Ukrainian War and the evacuation of towns like Bujar in Ukraine by Russian troops raised the risk of attacks in eastern and northeastern Ukraine, especially in Kieu. At the same time, the European Union has decided to impose stricter sanctions on Russia’s oil, gas and petrochemical products.
On the other hand, coal sanctions were imposed on Wednesday and oil and gas sanctions were imposed on Thursday. By imposing sanctions on Russia’s oil, gas and petrochemicals, Russia will substantially lose its market share, but in 2021 Russia sold more than 5 million tons of bitumen (about $1 billion).
Respectively, the number of purchasers who can no longer purchase Russian products has increased. Our team will focus broadly on this issue in future reports. As reported on Monday, the United States has decided to issue the largest SPR in recent years to control oil and gas prices. It’s also worth mentioning that these decisions have brought crude oil prices down about 67% in the global market.
It’s also needful to mention that East Asian and East African markets are expected to move forward. In addition, the fear of falling interest rates in some markets is serious, and as in the past few weeks, our team advises buyers to order wisely. In fact, the situation at nuclear negotiations and JCPOA remain ambiguous, which affects the equivalence of the US dollar with the Iranian rial.
This article was prepared by Shirin Yosefi, the Content specialist and market analyst of Infinity Galaxy.