• Service: Tax, Global Transfer Pricing Services
  • Industry: Energy & Natural Resources
  • Type: Survey report
  • Date: 10/10/2012

Commodity trading companies: centralising trade as a critical success factor 

An international commodity trading company is a distinct, specialised entity established to centrally manage trading activities and related functions for specific commodities in the oil and gas and mining industries. The advantages of centralised trading are numerous, and many locations in the world have arisen as important focus points for this activity.
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Key insights

  • Many of the world's major oil and gas and mining companies have already established international trading structures to gain competitive advantage.
  • Centralisation and cross-pollination with members of the banking sector is allowing pure energy producers and mining companies to take part in a more diverse range of financial activities.
  • Commodity prices will dictate the future of international trading companies. As long as commodity prices remain high, the trend toward centralisation in favourable trading locations will continue.

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