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27 Jul 2021

Commodities in Focus - Edition 11 2021


Welcome to the eleventh edition of Commodities in Focus (CIF); our bulletin for clients engaged in the production, trading, carriage, storage and financing of commodities.

It is now clear that we will be living with COVID-19 and its after-effects in some form or other for many years to come, with many of the effects once considered temporary now influencing innovation, policy and (arguably) markets.

We start with a commercial look at the possibility of a commodities super-cycle. Although this has been touted in the financial press, you will see that our commercial contacts are rather more sceptical.

Elsewhere we look at the prospect of e-bills of lading becoming incorporated into English law, issues with force majeure in times of political unrest, and what the newly-announced UK freeports might mean for international trade. We conclude with a summary of recent legal developments in the commodities space.

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We hope that you find this bulletin both useful and interesting. If you have any comments or would like to learn more on any topic, please get in touch.



Jonathan Spearing

Jonathan Spearing
Partner and global head of trade and commodities

T:  +44 20 7809 2228 M:  +44 7785 463 216 Email Jonathan | Vcard Office:  London

Rebecca Crookenden

Rebecca Crookenden
Managing associate

T:  +65 6622 9560 M:  Email Rebecca | Vcard Office:  Singapore