Platts proposes to use FOB net forward values for Australian coking coal brand relativities

S&P Global Platts proposes to use "net-forward" calculations for the assessment of its 14 Australian coking coal brand relativities on a CFR China basis, effective March 4, 2022. These values would be calculated from Platts' existing FOB Australia assessments and relativities.

For its 10 premium hard coking coal CFR China brand relativities, Platts would add spot Panamax freight rates from Australia to China to their respective FOB Australia brand relativities. For example, Peak Downs CFR China (MCBAA00) would be calculated as Peak Downs FOB Australia (HCPDA00) plus Panamax freight Australia-China (CDBFA00), and so on.

Other Australian coking coal relativities for hard coking coals and semi-hard coking coals such as Carborough Downs would be assessed using net-forward calculations for the Australian benchmark assessment for non-premium hard coking coals low vol HCC FOB Australia (HCCAU00).

No coking coal has been observed to be trading between Australia and China since October 2019, when China unofficially banned imports of Australian coals. Since then, all of Platts Australian coking coal brand relativities on a CFR China basis have been assessed at a fixed differential to each other.

The proposal aims to increase the relevance and usefulness of these assessments by ensuring their relative values are adjusted along with fluctuations in the international coking coal market, and ensure their value is more closely tied to market conditions in the Australian export market.

Platts will continue to monitor Chinese import policy with regards to Australian coal. In the event of a resumption of the Australia-China trade flow, Platts may revert to assessing by prioritizing information received on a CFR China basis, as was the case prior to October 2019.

Affected assessments:

Description

Code

Carborough Downs

MCBAO00

Goonyella C

MCBAIB0

Goonyella

MCBAE00

GLV

MCBAFOO

Illawarra

MCBAHO0

Lake Vermont

MCBANOO

Middlemount Coking

MCBAPOO

Moranbah North

MCBAGOO

Oaky North

MCBAROO

Peak Downs

MCBAA00

Peak Downs North

MCBAJ0O

Poitrel Semi Hard

MCBAO00

Riverside

MCRVROO

Saraji

MCBABOO

The affected assessments are published in SBB Steel Markets Daily, Coal Trader International, on the real-time Platts Steel, Raw Materials Alert on fixed pages 1064, and in the Platts price database under the symbols mentioned above.

Please send comments, questions and other feedback on this proposal by February 3, 2022 to pl_cokingcoal@spglobal.com and pricegroup@spglobal.com.

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