Structured Trade & Commodity Finance

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A comprehensive, practical, skills-based approach to structured trade and commodity finance. On completion of the course you will gain:

  • A comprehensive coverage of the structured approach to trade finance
  • A focus on considerations relating to emerging market trade finance
  • A view of risk and commercial priorities from the perspective of a borrower as well as that of a lender
  • Highly practical exposure to structured commodity trade finance
  • Understanding of importance of documents of title and underlying transportation arrangements
  • Appreciation for role of Insurance products in risk mitigation
  • A view of the application of exchange-traded instruments for price risk management
  • Acquire a global view of Structured Trade Finance practices in the commodities space


This course uses a mixture of presentations and many practical examples so you gain a comprehensive understanding of structured trade and commodity finance.

Course objectives

This course is designed to appeal to professionals interested in risk management and financing of physical flows of commodities. The course will be delivered at an intermediate level. Participants are expected to be knowledgeable about trade finance products, letters of credit and international trading practices. Coverage will tilt towards financing of emerging markets business. Case studies and real-life illustrations will be used frequently to emphasise learning points.



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.



Central London Hotel Venue

All courses are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds your expectations.

Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date.

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Day 1

Focus on Risk

Overview of international trade and commodities
Distinguishing trade finance from other forms of corporate financing
Examining the concept of Risk and as it applies to international trade
Understanding commodity contracts

Risks in international trade as they apply to emerging markets

  • Political risk
  • Performance and operational risks
  • Credit and bank risks
  • Price risk
  • Illegality of contracts

Case studies: set in emerging markets

Financing trade in challenging markets

  • Commodity trading- markets and players
  • Evolution of the trader's business model
  • Structured trade finance and the supply chain
  • Risk analysis of a commodity finance transaction
  • Case study: An example of pre-shipment finance set in Asia

Other considerations

  • Implications of the Basel Capital Accord
  • Rationale for the ‘structured’ approach to trade finance
  • Characteristics of good collateral

Case study exercise: Risk analysis of a pre-finance business proposition set in a challenging environment

Day 2

Focus on Pre-finance

Risk considerations for pre-finance

  • Pre-export to finance grower/producer
  • Production and delivery conditions determining contract outcomes
  • ‘Push’ factor for success of pre-finance
  • What can go wrong?
  • Ownership of the commodity asset
  • Licenses, export quotas. foreign currency controls

  • Pre-payment finance
  • Limited recourse: Absence of obligation to reimburse in full upon producer’s failure to deliver
  • Difference between pre-financing and pre-payment

  • Tolling finance
  • Performance and country risks
  • Protection against non-delivery by processor
  • Security interests of financier
  • Insurance solutions

Case study: Metal smelting and refining

Case study exercise: Medium term pre-financing of a metal smelter

Day 3

Focus on Warehouse finance

Storage of commodities

  • Warehousing considerations
  • The business case for warehousing
  • Use of a bonded warehouse
  • Separating warehouse finance from warehouse receipts finance
  • Problems with pledges over inventory stocks, physical dispossession
  • Nature of a warehouse receipt; is it a document of title or only evidence of receipt?
  • Legal infrastructure required to support warehouse receipt finance

Case study: Distribution of imported grain

Repo finance against commodities traded in a liquid, well-ordered derivative market

Collateral management arrangement
Review of a collateral management agreement (CMA)
Liability of a collateral manager
Case study: Sugar refining/ Petroleum storage

Case study exercise: Designing a credit line for an emerging market borrower


Subsidiary topics essential for competent handling of commodities trade finance

Alternative financing methods

  • ‘Switch’ trade
  • Clearing currencies and escrow account trade

Case study: Capital goods import

Transport documents

  • Incoterms 2010
  • Flag of vessel; avoiding sanctions
  • Liner & Chartered vessels
  • Obligations of shipper/charterer and vessel owner
  • Loading and discharge of cargo
  • Documents representing goods
  • Documents of Title; title, negotiability and endorsements

Cargo Insurance

  • Principles of marine insurance
  • ICC A/B/C, seller’s risk cover
  • Security over insurances (assignment vs. loss payee)

Political and Credit Risk Insurances

  • Why do banks need political risk insurance cover?
  • Contract frustration
  • Confiscation of assets
  • Covering risk of default in payment by buyer

Price risks

  • OTC versus exchange-traded contracts
  • Link between cash and futures markets
  • Understanding contracts to hedge
  • Price risk management in commodity trade
  • Benefits of hedging for the borrower and lender

Case study: A hedging example

Mishaps in Structured Trade Finance

Course summary and close

Other Courses run by this instructor:

  • Trade Finance products & mechanisms
  • Selling Trade Finance

Course summary and close

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