Ammonium Sulphate Prices Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Ammonium Sulphate Market
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
A rebound in Caprolactam price in northeast Asia eased the prices for Ammonium Sulphate in the region during the third quarter. Pent-up demand from the downstream fertilizer industry during the pandemic led to a substantial increase in the spot buyers. Encouraged by environment regulation policies, there was an upside potential in the demand of Ammonium Sulphate from those engaged in powerplant desulphurization. However, imposed travel restrictions kept the export volumes exceptionally low. The quarter ended with as new capacities of byproduct Caprolactam announced in Indonesia and Malaysia further create an oversupply situation. Price of Ammonium Sulphate was assessed around USD 123 per tonne CFR Southeast Asia in mid-September.
North America
Majority of Ammonium Sulphate produced in North America produces Caprolactam as a by-product.  Local producers, due to oversupply situation of Caprolactam in the nylon markets are focusing on domestic Ammonium Sulphate market. However, production issues due to Hurricane Laura at the primary product caprolactam pushed up the pricing curve for the by-product AS during mid-August. As per our market sources, it is estimated that farmers in North America can potentially increase 1 million tonne demand for Ammonium Sulphate next year, thereby creating a huge opportunity for the regional Ammonium Sulphate market.

The restart of export-oriented plants in Russia and Ukraine saw a burst of sales activity in the Black Sea for late October and early November loadings. Spot supply from Russia and Ukraine was booked for the steady flow of cargoes for the rest of the year given that the region’s plant turnaround season is over. Spain and Turkey are booked to receive their usual contract volumes from various suppliers, while other countries also securing supply on spot basis for prompt arrival. However, as the governments and companies expected to get to grips with the second wave of the coronavirus, the demand of Ammonium Sulphate from the fertilizer manufacturers is expected to increase in Q4. 

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ChemAnalyst gathers information through primary research surveys conducted with various Ammonium Sulphate manufacturers, spread across the domestic and international markets, suppliers and dealers/distributors to gain insights into value-chains and demand-supply scenario to assess the market situation. Thorough study of the company’s annual reports and secondary sources such as exhaustive search on credible paid databases, including our internal database is done to verify the information. All the collected information is analyzed, evaluated and presented in chronological order to depict a meaningful and clear picture of the concerned market.
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Critical examination of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global supply chains and shift in demand patterns with change in buying behavior of consumers across the globe.
Several ongoing development projects across industries are tracked, followed by the details of major projects in the development stage, which can positively or negatively influence Global Ammonium Sulphate market.
Pricing is captured through exhaustive primary interviews with domestic and international manufacturers, traders and importers and customers on monthly and yearly basis.
Finally, region-specific markets for Ammonium Sulphate are analyzed and region-wise demand pattern is tracked.


Ammonium sulphate (AS) is an inorganic salt with several commercial uses. It is generally produced by three different processes; as a byproduct of Caprolactam production, combining anhydrous ammonia and sulphuric acid in a reactor and by reacting ammonia recovered from coke oven gas with sulphuric acid. The primary use of the compound is as the soil fertilizer as it contains nitrogen and sulphur. The chemical has also been used in flame retardant chemicals because of its capability to increase the combustion temperature of the material. Demand for nutrient rich food, development in agriculture industry and receding arable land will be the major growth driver for the Ammonium Sulphate in the forecast period. The agriculture industry is the largest end-consumer for Ammonium Sulphate. On the other hand, volatility in the raw material prices is one of the major hinderances to the growth of Ammonium Sulphate market in the forecast period.