Commodity Training
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Commodity Masterclass

The CAES Commodity Training Programme is designed for practitioners: commercial people who are developing in the commodity business.

With years of development in Switzerland building a bespoke course with clients created a commercial training programme. This covers the international trading & transportation of commodities; from origination to vessel-loading, to global delivery and into processors for consumption.

Since May 2014 the course was opened to other clients, starting with a private course in Dubai followed by open courses in Geneva and Dubai. In 2015 there has been a further private course for a client in Montreux with an open course in Istanbul, Dubai and Geneva.


Drawing on more than 75 years of first-class practical experience and knowledge of the presenters, the purpose of these courses is to provide commercially relevant training so that participants develop a better understanding of markets and how they interact with execution risks. The courses are suitable for trainees and newly promoted staff in trading, shipping and import export companies; grain and oilseed processors; vegetable oil and bio-fuel companies and port authorities.

They are also suitable for middle management in administration and risk management departments. We can offer wide ranging flexible modular sections which can be selected to suit individual and company requirements.

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Highly Experienced Trainers

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Harry started his 36 years trading career with Louis Dreyfus working in London and Paris trading grains, oilseeds, rice and cotton. He now combines his global trading with developing international Training Courses and his Agri-Business advisory service.




Jonathan has extensive commodity trading experience particularly in oilseeds, proteins and vegetable oils. He learnt to trade with LDC in Paris in the 80's and Switzerland in the 90's.

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Paresh, founder of Richcomm Global Services DMCC, is a Commodity Specialist with over 30 years of experience. He was Senior Trader with Louis Dreyfus Trading Limited and European Grain and Shipping, based in London.


Course Content

  • Contract Creation & Deal Breakers

  • The Commodity, Quality & weight. Superintendence Roles & Responsibilities

  • Contract Execution, using Freight within the Contract

  • Preparing Documents

  • Payments & L/c’s

  • Insuring the business

  • Shipping & Charter Parties

  • Special Events affecting Shipping

  • Special Events affecting the Contract

  • A Mock Arbitration

  • Current Grain & Oilseed Market Outlook

  • Market Drivers and Economics

  • Market Analysis, Seasonality and Hedging

  • Hedging Trade & Basis Risk

  • Position Management & Value At Risk (VAR)

  • A Practical Case Study of Hedging




Alastair has spent 40 years as a trader and analyst in the world's commodity markets. His experience includes LD position as Head of Trading (non US) and Marketing Director of the prestigious HGCA.




Jonathan's varied 30 year career has included time as CEO of the Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) as well as a period establishing and running the Export Grain Terminal at London Tilbury docks.


Administration & Execution