• Service: Tax, International Corporate Tax, Indirect Tax
  • Industry: Commodities & Energy Trading
  • Type: Business and industry issue, Survey report
  • Date: 11/7/2012

Commodity trading companies 

The publication highlights the benefits of centralised commodity trading operations as many of the world's biggest oil and gas and mining majors set up international trading structures to win competitive advantage. With an international commodity trading company, a corporate group can manage its global trading and marketing activities within one or a few specialised entities, unifying trading operations and consolidating sources of supply. This helps organisations better manage and meet customer demand while improving their profit margins at the same time.
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Find out more on questions such as:


  • What are the potential advantages of centralizing commodity trading operations?
  • What factors are most important when deciding where to locate the operations?
  • What are the tax risks involved, and what practical steps can be taken to reduce or eliminate them?
  • Over the long term, how could the trend toward centralized trading affect the oil and gas and mining industries, and individual companies and markets?

Reiner Denner

Reiner Denner

Partner, International Corporate Tax

+41 58 249 42 40

Antony Paul Rieveley

Antony Paul Rieveley

Partner, Audit, Head of Commodities and Energy Trading

+41 58 249 38 07

Indirect Tax

Although virtually every company pays value-added tax (VAT) it is perhaps the most individual type of tax.