Commodity Trade Finance (School of Trade Finance)

2 days 24-25 Aug 2017, Singapore Singapore $3,850.00 Download brochure Add to basket

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This course represents module 2 of School of Trade Finance (Modular Course)

The school is made up of two separately bookable modules:

Course overview

In today's dynamic and fast-moving commodity markets, risk mitigation and the ability to swiftly devise structures and make available financing of transactions are keys to success.

Ongoing innovations and technological developments make the market more transparent. As a commodity banker, trader or even a producer, a flexible and creative approach to new services and products is extremely important in ensuring the best position in the market.

This course aims to brings you the latest updates on products, developments and risk management in commodity trade finance.

Summary of course content

  • Determinants of price in commodity businesses
  • Risk analysis of commodity flows
  • Structures in commodity trade finance such as pre-export finance, buy-back, asset-backed finance and countertrade
  • Securitisation of receivables and inventories
  • Risk management in commodity trade finance
  • Shipping aspects
  • Default scenarios


The course is highly interactive, involving group discussions and frequent Asian/emerging market-based case studies.

All Modules can be booked separately.

Attend all the modules and save US$1,690

School of Trade Finance

Module 1: Trade Finance Products & Mechanisms (School of Trade Finance)

Module 2: Commodity Trade Finance (School of Trade Finance)


This programme is approved for listing on the Financial Training Scheme (FTS) Programme Directory and is eligible for FTS claims subject to all eligibility criteria being met.

Please note that in no way does this represent an endorsement of the quality of the training provider and programme. Participants are advised to assess the suitability of the programme and its relevance to participants’ business activities or job roles.

The FTS is available to eligible entities, at a 50% funding level of programme fees, subject to a cap of $2,000/participant/programme and all eligibility criteria being met. FTS claims may only be made for programmes listed on the FTS Programme Directory with specified validity period. Please refer to for more information.

Please note that this course is only eligible for FTS Funding when registering for all modules.

Who should attend

  • Commodity bankers
  • Traders
  • Credit analysts
  • Corporate bankers
  • Risk managers
  • Audit and compliance managers
  • Lawyers involved in commodity trade finance


We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

Srinath Keshavan
The Course Director is a Trade Finance practitioner with 32 years experience in the Asia-Pacific region. His experience encompasses both commercial and financial aspects of International Trade. He worked for many years in Bills, Banking Operations and Credit & Marketing Departments of an international bank in Hong Kong.

Since 1991, he has been associated with commodity-trading firms in Singapore as Head of Trade Finance and Risk Management. His expertise relates to structuring financial arrangements for international trade transactions, raising credit lines and managing banking relationships. 

He heads a trade finance consultancy in Singapore. His seminars provide clarity over technical concepts and offer participants the opportunity to reinforce their own understanding of the subject through practical illustrations.



4-5 Star Hotel in Singapore

All of our courses are held in 4 – 5 star hotels, chosen for their location, facilities and level of service. You can be assured of a comfortable, convenient learning environment throughout the duration of the course.

Due to the variation in delegate numbers, we will send confirmation of the venue to you approximately 2 weeks before the start of the course. Course fees include training facilities, documentation, lunches and refreshments for the duration of the programme. Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, however, a list of convenient hotels (many at specially negotiated rates) is available upon registration.

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Day 1

Commodities as a global business

  • Determinants of price in commodity business
  • The players and their competitive advantage

Financing commodity trades

  • Commodity contracts
  • Title documents in a commodity finance transaction
  • Risk analyses of commodity flows
  • Logistics and the value chain

Structures in commodity trade finance

  • Pre-export finance
  • Red Clause, Green Clause and other structures
  • Tolling
  • Inventory finance and Collateral Management Agreements
  • Asset-backed finance
  • Application of countertrade structures

Day 2

Securitisation of receivables and inventories

  • Cash flow acceleration
  • Off-balance sheet considerations

Risk management in commodity trade finance

  • Risk mitigation in commodity trade
  • Exchange-traded commodities
  • Links between cash and futures markets
  • Delivery to and from terminal markets

Shipping aspects of commodity trade

  • Contracts of affreightment
  • Voyage, time and trip charters
  • Chartering contract format

Political, performance and other insurable risks

Case studies

Course conclusion and summary

Why us

We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

  • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
  • Track record – we have delivered training solutions for 95% of worlds’ top 100 banks and have trained over 250,000 professionals.
  • Knowledge – our 150 strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
  • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 20,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 180 countries.
  • Recognition – we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the CPD Certification Service. In an independent review by Feefo we scored 96% on service and 95% on product