Step 1: Do your research
The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) conducts workshops to educate customers on important aspects of U.S. Soy. Here are several options for learning more about the state of U.S. Soy:
USSEC hosts regional buyer and seller workshops across the globe several times a year. Attendees includetraders, crushers, feed millers, integrators, key decision-makers and purchasing officers. These workshops teach participants about international trading objectives, the marketing of U.S. Soy and soybean meal and increasing U.S. Soy share in the region. These workshops cover topics including overviews of world soybean and soybean meal markets, U.S. grain production and marketing system, basisof trading and hedging, futures markets, principals of futures and options trading and simulations about purchasing. You can watch out for these events, here.
U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange
The upcoming sixth annual U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange and Midwest Specialty Grain Conference and Trade Showis a joint USSEC and Midwest Shippers Association event held in Kansas City, Missouri, USAAugust 28-30. This event brings together more than 700 soy and grain industry leaders, buyers and suppliers and includes local U.S. Soybean farm tours along with industry sessions and networking.
Step 2: Contracts
When purchasing U.S. Soy, a buyer must have a good understanding of the contract specifications needed to meet their requirements.
To get the most value out of a U.S. Soy purchase, foreign buyers need to understand the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grading standards, the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) vessel and container loading plans and the nutritional aspects of U.S. Soy in order to draft a proper contract that will ensurethey receive exactly what they desire.
Step 3: Locate a supplier
Once a buyer has a contract in place for their needs, next they need to locate a reliable supplier in the United States.
Buyers can find suppliers by reviewing the list of members of NAEGA (The North American Export Association)or GAFTA (The Grain and Feed Trade Association of London, UK) or via referrals from USSEC and its members. Buyers must also determine if they should buy on a Freeon Board (FOB) vesselbasis at a U.S. port or Cost of Insurance or Freight (CIF) to a port in their own country. Under a FOB contract,the seller pays the cost of transporting the goods to the port of shipment and loading charges, plus all insurance cover up to this point. CIF means the seller pays costs, freight,andinsurance against the buyer’s risk of loss or damage in transit to the destination.
USSEC offers manyresources that can help buyers with these decisions. NAEGA and GAFTA also offer workshops to assist buyers and sellers. USSEC and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group conducts training sessions to educate buyers on the use of futures and options markets to manage price risk. Buyers should engage in all these excellent resources and tools.