Surge in Glycerine Prices Driven by Global Market Dynamics and Winter Demand
Surge in Glycerine Prices Driven by Global Market Dynamics and Winter Demand

Surge in Glycerine Prices Driven by Global Market Dynamics and Winter Demand

  • 21-Dec-2023 2:58 PM
  • Journalist: Sasha Fernandes

In the final weeks of December 2023, the Glycerine market is witnessing a notable surge in prices, driven by heightened demand in both domestic and international markets, increased offtake due to the approaching winter season, and soaring prices of raw material palm oil in major exporting countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia. The global Glycerine market is intricately tied to fluctuations in palm oil prices, a key raw material in Glycerine production. The recent rebound in the overall palm oil market, marked by a fluctuating upward trend since November, has significantly impacted the Glycerine industry. Domestic soybean oil and palm oil futures have seen a steady rise in the fourth quarter, the peak season for oil consumption, fueled by heightened terminal demand and active market transactions.

Industry analysts anticipate a crucial development with the release of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board's (MPOB) monthly supply and demand report on December 12th. This report is expected to reveal the first decline in palm oil inventories since April, driven by robust export growth and a seasonal decline in palm oil production. However, the Malaysian palm oil market has faced challenges as exports have dwindled. As the year concludes, the terminal catering industry's demand for stocking is rising, creating room for a future increase in palm oil prices. This upward trajectory in palm oil costs significantly impacts the production cost of Glycerine, subsequently leading to a surge in Glycerine prices.

OPEC's cautious yet optimistic stance toward fundamental factors influencing the oil market in the upcoming year plays a pivotal role in understanding the current Glycerine market dynamics. Malaysia's palm oil stocks at the end of November witnessed a decline for the first time in seven months, outpacing the fall in exports. Additionally, Indonesia, the world's largest palm oil producer, reported a 31% decrease in palm oil product exports in October compared to the previous year. Crude oil prices also contribute to the escalating price trajectory of Glycerine. OPEC reported a decrease in crude oil production in November, citing reduced output in Iraq, Angola, and Nigeria. The international crude oil futures market has experienced a significant uptick, primarily driven by oversold conditions, a weakened US dollar, and the International Energy Agency (IEA) raising its forecast for next year's oil demand.

In a nuanced global context, the Glycerine market is further influenced by the intricacies of international trade disruptions and tensions in the Middle East. Although U.S. crude inventory builds have been observed, they have been outweighed by the broader positive sentiment in the oil market. With these multifaceted factors at play, the demand-supply dynamics in the Glycerine market are poised for continued volatility, likely leading to an increase in Glycerine prices globally as we transition into the new year.

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