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ICE Futures Europe makes changes to ICE Robusta Coffee futures contract

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Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has proposed changes to the ICE Robusta Coffee futures contract, effective 3 October 2016, for the July 2018 contract month onwards.

The proposals are part of an ongoing initiative to improve the transparency of warehousing procedures and costs for ICE’s range of agricultural products.
They follow the implementation in 2014 of amendments to the maximum rent and load-out rate requirements for warehouse keepers and the introduction of a 60-day limit to complete load out requests for Robusta Coffee and London Cocoa.
The combined developments have improved the efficiency of loading out certified coffee and cocoa stored at licensed warehouses.
The changes, which are subject to the completion of relevant regulatory processes, are the result of extensive consultation with market participants and warehouse keepers.
Among the changes are (i) the inclusion of pre-paid loading out charges in the price of the futures contract, (ii) an adjustment on delivery invoices to align rent paid in the two-month period immediately following delivery with a global average rate and (iii) a shortening of the period between notice and settlement to streamline the delivery process.
“The proposed changes to our Robusta futures contract are designed to provide the coffee industry with the most effective tools for price discovery and to manage risk and are a result of close collaboration with the coffee industry,” says David Peniket, president, ICE Futures Europe. “It is important that supply chain costs for exchange certified goods closely reflect the commercial conditions in the underlying physical market.”

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