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IGC Grains Conference 2017
Trading in an evolving market: What prospects for the future?
The global trading environment continues to evolve. The dominance of some traditional exporters has been challenged by the emergence of other suppliers, including in the Black Sea region and South America.
Regional trade agreements could contribute to shifting trade flows. The shape of the EU is changing following the Brexit vote and will require a raft of new trade-related negotiations, both within Europe and with third country markets.
There are many other factors that influence trading patterns, such as freight rates, currency movements and local supply and demand conditions, and these will continue to be important moving forward.
- How will global trading patterns develop in the medium term?
- Bumper harvests have boosted grains and oilseeds supplies to record highs, but what are the risks moving forward?
- Amid sustained food security challenges, what plans do the world’s key buyers have to meet future needs?
- How are producers, exporters and importers responding in the evolving trading environment?