Sulphur Market - The UAE Suddenly Becomes Top Exporter of Sulphur

Other Mining And Quarrying December 07, 2016
Author: Maria Fadeeva
Market Analyst

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The global sulphur trade amounted to 3,603 million USD in 2015, showing extreme volatility over the period under review. An 84% drop in 2009 was followed by exports nearly doubling in the next two years. Exports declined in 2012 and 2013, resuming a growth trend in the last two years of the analyzed period. Overall, there was an annual increase of +11.8% from 2007 to 2015.

According to IndexBox estimates, the UAE stepped onto the global scene as the dominant exporter of sulphur in 2015, claiming a 16% share of exports. In 2015, the UAE’s sulphur exports totaled 573 million USD. Russia, Qatar, Kazakhstan, and Canada were the other key global suppliers of sulphur in 2015, with a 37% combined share of global exports.

The UAE (+245.8% per year) and Qatar (+30.3% per year) were the fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2015. The UAE significantly strengthened its position in the global sulphur export structure, growing its share from 0% in 2007 to 16% in 2015.

On the other hand, China (37%, based on value terms), Morocco (14%), Brazil (6%), India (5%), and the USA (3%) were the leading destinations of imports on the sulphur market in 2015. Imports to Morocco grew at a swift pace of +9.4% per year from 2007 to 2015. None of the major importers contracted their imports of sulphur over the period under review. Morocco’s share of global imports increased by +3 percentage points, while the share of China illustrated negative dynamics (-6 percentage points).

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Source: World: Sulphur - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2020