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Shipping and Sustainability

Recent years have seen changes to the policies of many leading businesses in many sectors, not least those involved in global trade. As our understanding of the threat of climate change becomes greater there is a drive from consumers to make sustainable change. This has led many industry leaders in the food and beverage, packaging […]

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The Packaging Series: Food Packaging and Pollution

There is now a worldwide awareness of the challenges facing the environment if we continue living as we are, and an increasing demand for lasting, positive change. This has been felt strongly in the world of packaging, where brands are working on environmentally friendly solutions at rapid speed. As we move into the world of […]

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The Energy Series: The Brazilian Ethanol Market

Brazil is the second-largest producer of ethanol, after the USA, with an output of 35 billion litres in 2019. Whereas the USA’s ethanol market is reliant on corn production, the Brazilian market depends on and is largely interconnected with sugarcane production and the global sugar market. Before we begin an in-depth discussion of the Brazilian […]

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The Freight Series: Bulk Shipping

In the world of commercial shipping, there are three main categories of vessel used: container ships, tankers and bulk shipping. Bulk shipping refers to ships carrying traded dry commodities which are carried in ‘loose’ bulk format, and we are going to focus on these for this blog. Sugar, grain, coal, iron ore and other dry […]

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The VIVE Programme: First Fully Sustainable Sugar Trade

2020 has shown us the vulnerability of many of the systems we rely on for basic human needs, including food and beverages. Alongside the clear damage that climate change threatens in years to come, it is now apparent that innovation and change needs to take place in many of our long-held processes. Therefore, it is […]

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Ingredients Supply Update: Fruit

The supply of fruit and sugar trading has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and we have seen usual flows be disrupted. Some crops have been impacted by weather conditions and demand has risen in certain areas. With all of these fluctuations, we decided to create an update blog. Mango Mango supply is currently very […]

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Supply Chain Logistics: Meet Our Manager

Without Logistics, supply chains would not be able to function. Moving commodities from A to B is the foundation of everything we do at Czarnikow, and we have a dedicated team who manage the movement of goods for our clients. We caught up with Emma Cullen, Manager of Global Logistics, to find out more about […]

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Trade Finance Terms: Broker Lines and Facilities

One of the challenges that comes with using deriviatives to manage price risk is the requirement to manage and finance margins, which can be done by using broker lines and margin funding. In this article, we take a look at margining in more detail and also how it can be financed. What is Margining? Margins […]

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Trade Finance Terms: Letters of Credit

In a recent blog we shared a glossary of commodities trading terms, aiming to de-mystify the many terms that are commonly used in the industry. Some of these benefit from a little more explanation so we decided to dive deeper and share some further blogs with you. What is a letter of credit? Letters of […]

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The Current Landscape: An Interview With Our Raw Sugar Traders

Following on from the previous interview with one of our team’s traders, we thought it would be interesting to hear from the raw sugar trading side of the business. With the current market volatility due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have turned to some of our team members for inside information on trading at Czarnikow, and how […]

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The Current Landscape: An Interview With Our Traders

With the current market volatility due to the coronavirus pandemic, we thought it would be interesting to hear from our team members for some inside information ontrading at Czarnikow, and how the trading team have been impacted. We asked Christopher Morrow, who works on the EU trading desk, some questions about the practical challenges of […]

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An Extract From Our Annual Review 2019: Business Model

This year we have published our longest ever annual review, once again focusing on transparent reporting and the building of trust between stakeholders, clients and employees. As such, our business model has been improved this year to reflect not only our core group of clients according to their function and our activities along our supply […]

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Sugar Consumption Update: The First Fall in 40 Years

In March this year, which now seems a lifetime ago, we predicted that due to the coronavirus sugar consumption was likely to fall. We reduced our consumption estimate for 2020 by 2m tonnes, meaning sugar consumption per capita would fall. Two months on, we have further reduced our estimates and can now be fairly certain […]

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An Introduction to Incoterms

What are Incoterms? Incoterms are a crucial aspect of international sales contracts. They are a series of 3-letter terms which define the roles of both the seller and the buyer in international transactions. They can also be known as ‘trade terms’ and are put in place in order to inform both the buyer and seller […]

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Commodities Trading Glossary

The world of commodities trading has a range of technical jargon which, if you’re new to the industry, can be like learning a new language. Here, we’ve provided a guide of the most common terms to help de-mystify these words. Commodity Terms Accounts Receivable – a fancier way of saying money owed for a service […]

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Port Restrictions Update: The Global Logistics Tracker

The outbreak and subsequent spread of the coronavirus has had a large impact on global commodities supply chains. There have been many factors to consider, as we have seen each stage of these supply chains come under enormous pressure. One of these factors is port restrictions, which have impeded the efficiency of trade in certain […]

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Buy High, Sell Low

For many people, the phrase ‘buy high, sell low’ may seem surprising. It appears to go against most well-known financial advice when it comes to markets and trading, as well as one’s natural instinct. However, it is extremely important to know that commodity transactions are not always as simple as buying low and selling high. […]

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VIVE 2.0: Continuously Improving Sustainability

The VIVE Programme was first created in 2015 as part of Czarnikow’s initiative to incorporate sustainability into supply chains and become industry leaders in creating a more sustainable future. With the increasing amount of focus placed on environmental protection in recent years, particularly on the fight against climate change, sustainability has become an extremely pertinent […]

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The Current Infrastructure is Under Stress: Global Food Supply

Consumers stockpiling in supermarkets around the world is already a concern for local supply. But what happens if the key exporting regions also decide to stockpile? It looks like we’re about to find out. The latest system to feel intense pressure from the coronavirus pandemic is global food supply, confirmed by the UN releasing a […]

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Glossary of Trading Terms

The world of trading is full of jargon, and in an already complicated industry this can leave those wanting to find out more about the market feeling despondent. In this blog, we will take you through some of the main terms used in trading and explain what they mean. For more information about trading with […]

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