DEF Tracker: North American DEF prices soften following a sustained period of high prices

Rebecca Hayward - 5 May 2015

The April issue of DEF Tracker reported a downward correction in Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) prices after five consecutive months of price increases. The change in April shows early signs of an easing of the supply situation after Bulk DEF prices began to rise at the end of 2014, as the effects of supply interruptions at urea producers rippled through the DEF market.

Weakening DEF prices were recorded for all bulk supply modes in the U.S. and Canada. FTL deliveries in the U.S. showed the greatest reduction, decreasing by $0.08/G month-on-month in April 2015. LTL and tote (refill) prices also decreased, albeit by a slightly smaller reduction of $0.04/G each. At this level, U.S. bulk prices are very close to prices before the supply interruptions in October 2014.

Truck stop average prices remained stable in the U.S and in Canada at $2.79/G and CA$0.80/L, respectively. The network gained 12 DEF pump locations in April, most of which were added by Pilot in Canada.

DEF Tracker covers 21 regional hubs in the U.S. (Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Oklahoma City, OK; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO and Tampa, FL) and three hubs in Canada (Calgary, AB; Montréal, QC; and Toronto, ON).

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