Pricing Notations

Pricing Notations


Unless otherwise indicated, prices are based on large transactions, involving truckloads or larger volumes. All prices are net of discounts for volume, cash, or prompt payment, if such are offered.

Price spreads can be attributed to localized price differences or differing sizes of purchase.

All prices are listed in U.S. dollars, on a spot, FOB basis at the producer’s plant gate, terminal, or pipeline point unless otherwise indicated with the following:

CFR: Includes transportation to the destination port.

DEL: Delivered prices include transportation costs to the retail dealer’s premises or the nearest accessible railhead.

DAF: Delivered at frontier.

CIF: The seller arranges for carriage of goods to destination.

FCA: The seller fulfills his obligation when goods are handed over and cleared for export into the charge of the carrier.

Posted: Prices posted at the manufacturing facility (producer) or mine location.

Retail: Retail prices, USD per short ton FOB originated at retail facilities. Quotes do not represent actual transactions, but rather market conditions as perceived by selected dealers. The price spreads shown are attributable to localized price difference. 

m: Price updated on a monthly basis.

c: Contract price.

i: Indicative. Typically assessed using FOB price plus freight to determine value.

st: Short ton.

mt: Metric ton.

lt: Long ton.

NA: Prices not available or obtainable in the reporting period.

CNY: Chinese yuan.

CAD: Canadian dollar.

EURO: Currency of the Eurozone.

BPL: Bone phosphate of lime.

Regional definitions are:

Cornbelt: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska

Eastern Cornbelt: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois

Western Cornbelt: Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska

Midwest Cornbelt: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Southern Plains: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado

South Central: Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana

Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia

Northeast: Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, New England

Northern Plains: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

Great Lakes: Michigan, Wisconsin

Pacific Northwest: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana

Western Canada: Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia

Eastern Canada: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

Northwest Europe: Amsterdam, Belgium, Northwest Germany, Northwest France

Commodity Notations:

All urea prices are granular unless indicated as prill, or a bulk which is both prill and granular.

All potash prices are granular unless otherwise indicated.

U.S. UAN prices are quoted on the basis of nutrient units; to convert to short ton, multiply the nutrient value (e.g., 28, 30, or 32) by the price shown. Where nutrient value is indicated, prices are per ton.

U.S. phosphoric acid prices are quoted on the basis of nutrient units; to convert to short ton, multiply the nutrient value (e.g., 54 for MGA, 68 for SPA) by the price shown.

All North American ammonium sulfate prices are granular except California, Pacific Northwest, and Southeast, which include standard grade in addition to granular.

Sulfur prices for Tampa, New Orleans, and Houston are quarterly contracts. Please call +1.603.357.8103 for specific timing. The reported quarterly contract price is adjusted when the respective contract is concluded.

Green Markets Weekly U.S. Fertilizer Price Index Notation

The Green Markets Weekly U.S. Fertilizer Price Index is constructed using the fertilizer benchmark prices of U.S. Gulf Coast Urea, U.S. Cornbelt Potash and NOLA Barge DAP. The index is value weighted based on the annual global demand of each nutrient.

Current year indexing uses fertilizer demand forecasts from the Green Markets research. The index has a starting date of January 7, 2002 and an associated starting value of 100. The index is updated on a weekly basis at the time of publication of Green Markets. The index provides a snapshot of how North American fertilizer prices are trending over time.

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