PFY Prices Surge in Germany Amidst Global Supply Chain Disruptions
PFY Prices Surge in Germany Amidst Global Supply Chain Disruptions

PFY Prices Surge in Germany Amidst Global Supply Chain Disruptions

  • 06-Dec-2023 2:40 PM
  • Journalist: Li Hua

November 2023 witnessed a steady rebound in the Polyester Filament Yarn (PFY) prices in Germany, which brought upward momentum in terms of procurement as well as demand. This ascendance in the German market was mainly due to the global shipping industry, which has been thrown into disarray by the ongoing congestion at the Panama Canal, a critical artery for trade between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This congestion has driven shippers to reroute their PFY cargo from the Pacific Ocean through the Suez Canal, an alternative route that connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas. This detour has added additional time and distance to the journey, leading to delays in deliveries and a consequent price surge.

After perceiving the downtrend for PFY influenced by a combination of domestic and global factors, a few players were adopting a cautious approach due to dwindling demand, prompting domestic suppliers to reduce inventory levels in anticipation of the approaching year-end strategically. However, with the beginning of November 2023, the prices for PFY 150D/48F CFR, Hamburg augmented from 1215 USD/tonne to 1252 USD/tonne, admitting a hike of 3% throughout the month. This price adjustment was attributed to the disarray in the global supply chain, which had a decent impact on the export of PFY from China to Germany, compelling shippers to route their shipments through the Suez Canal. This price hike is a direct consequence of the limited availability of PFY due to shipping delays and the increased transportation costs associated with the rerouting of shipments through the Suez Canal. Furthermore, due to the supply disruption, several traders are hoping to secure the cargo, not at a premium rate, which has henceforth surged the demand for the product within this timeframe.

In a surprising turn of events, the Panama Canal, a critical artery for global trade, has been grappling with persistent bottlenecks, causing ships to queue for extended periods before transiting the waterway. This congestion has disrupted shipping schedules and driven up transportation costs, particularly for PFY shipments globally.

As per ChemAnalyst, the bullish trend is expected to be sustained in the upcoming weeks of December 2023 as well. Moreover, the surge in PFY prices is likely to have a ripple effect, particularly in industries that rely heavily on PFY as a raw material. For instance, the textile industry, which utilizes PFY in the production of garments and clothing, is likely to be affected by the higher prices. However, the ongoing supply chain disruptions highlight the interconnectedness of the global economy and the fragility of global trade networks.

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