Propane futures volumes thrive on global price volatility

  • 8 Dec 2020
  • By Paul Wightman and Elizabeth Hui

Propane trade flows are changing significantly, largely due to higher production across the United States. Falling prices at Mont Belvieu compared to other international propane hubs have provided exporters with an opportunity to ship greater quantities to buyers in Asia and Europe where petrochemical cracking demand has been strong. Regional supplies from the Middle East, North Africa, and northern Europe are fiercely competing on price with cheaper US imports and, in some cases, are having to resort to exporting cargoes to other markets to sell their available volumes.

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