All Brazil’s automotive-grade urea to be imported as Petrobras announces withdrawal from the marketPosted On: 26-04-2018 By: Alicia Bennett
By Fabricio Cardoso, Research Manager, Integer Research
The Brazilian automotive-grade urea and ARLA 32 (AdBlue®) markets will undergo significant structural changes over the next few months. On 22 March 2018, Petrobras had indicated that Camaçari and Laranjeiras would go offline by end of June, however one week later the company announced this would be postponed by 120 days until the end of October.
Most ARLA 32 domestic producers will be directly impacted by the announcement, as Petrobras Camaçari has been the primary domestic source of automotive-grade urea over the past two years, while its urea plant in Araucária, PR has been facing long, unexpected periods of inactivity despite some ARLA 32 production in Q1 2018.
During the production process for our Monitor Brazil publication, we speak to a wide range of ARLA 32 producers on a regular basis. Most producers we spoke to this month indicated they had already been searching for alternative urea sources, suggesting the impact of Petrobras withdrawing from this market will be somewhat limited, although costs are expected to increase.
We have also been in regular conversations with global automotive-grade urea producers and traders, and particularly with those capable of exporting to the Brazilian market. Interest in trading with Brazilian customers is increasing, despite the long distances, bureaucratic issues to import to this country, and a market that is growing at a much slower-than-expected pace due to the high level of cheating with defeat devices.
We’ll keep tracking the Brazilian ARLA 32 market as it continues to change and it will be interesting to see how the landscape will develop this year. All changes and developments will be reported in detail within the pages of our regular publications, The Monitor Brazil, and The Automotive Grade Urea Forecast Service.
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