Bauxite Price Trend and Forecast

North America

Due to consistent demand from the Aluminium sector, Bauxite prices in North America increased throughout the third Quarter of 2022. At the termination of Q3 of 2022, the local market had limited supply and strong demand because of port congestion at the container terminals of the US west coast and high inflationary costs pressure on the commodity market amid a rise in the upstream energy values. The prices were also impacted by the increasing demand from the downstream industries, including metallurgy and chemical industries. Meanwhile, traders indulged in making sales at high-profit margins by passing the cost burden to the customers in the domestic market.


The Bauxite prices showed an upward trend with increased downstream demand during the third Quarter of 2022. The commodity prices on the spot market rose with Aluminium Sheet Price in the APAC region. The Indonesian government will stop the Bauxite cargo movement at the end of 2022, pushing downstream industries to stockpile inventories. In addition, commodity cargo was restricted due to several market disruptions amid Chinese Covid lockdown restrictions and port congestion due to wage disputes among the workers in this Quarter. The downstream industries were also purchasing, and traders remained resolute in their offers. The ban on alumina in Indonesia and the search for suppliers by alumina mills in Guinea and Australia will affect the commodity prices and drive up the cost of Aluminium, impacting Bauxite prices.


Supply uncertainties backed by the geopolitical conflict and disrupted trade routes amongst the European countries, the price of Bauxite in Europe surged throughout the third Quarter of 2022. The volatile demand from the Aluminium industry during the third Quarter of 2022 majorly impacted the commodity prices this Quarter. The supply and demand gap widened in the third Quarter of this year because of the high inflationary input costs pressure and the labor strike at the UK and German ports. Due to the Indonesian government's export prohibition on Bauxite, which affected the pricing dynamics of the product globally, prices continued to rise in the second half of Q3. The major market players faced tight supply and global inflationary pressure in the Quarter ending September 2022.

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