What We Do
Basis Commodities provide expert advice and consultancy on food and feed grain procurement, supply chain and risk management, business development and commodity market access. Our plug in and play business model allows us to hit the ground running and work with your business to establish where we can add the most value, then provide the ongoing support and manpower to execute that strategy.
Grains & Animal Feed Procurement
Basis Commodities specialises in securing competitive fit for purpose raw materials for global food and feed markets as well as new and emerging niche markets including alcohol, ethanol and biodiesel production. Our knowledge, industry experience and global connections allows us to identify and provide cost-effective solutions to our clients across grains, oilseeds, niche feed and fodder.
With over 60 years combined experience in sourcing, handling, transporting and trading various agricultural commodities around the globe, the Basis Commodities team empowers you with our global network of trusted agricultural commodity suppliers and supply chain and risk management services while providing cost-effective operational support.
Basis Commodities can assist with:
- Supplier selection
- Assist in selecting “fit for purpose” raw materials and associated quality control & assurance including inspection
- Coordinating and executing agricultural supply chain logistics and shipping
- Introductions and arranging visits to potential suppliers
- Negotiating pricing, delivery terms and obtaining samples
- Assess and offer improvement to clients’ commodity procurement strategies and help to manage business risk
- Grain accumulation services
- Contract management and global trade execution
- Technical support
Agribusiness Consultancy and Agency
The Basis Commodities team has worked across all parts of the agricultural supply chain including grain production, logistics, storage and handling, grain marketing, business operations, container packing, agri finance and ocean freight export. We harness this experience to provide insight, project management assistance, business development opportunities and market access across our global network.
We work collaboratively and view ourselves as a part of your business, working toward one goal and designing innovative solutions that exceed expectations. Mutual trust is integral to success and an essential ingredient to our consultancy and agency service offering. The team at Basis Commodities is committed to helping you in a hands-on way from idea inception all the way through to execution.
Ocean Freight and Marine Insurance
Our knowledge of and network within the ocean freight and insurance sectors provides clients with efficient, time saving and cost-effective export opportunities. This coupled with our local networks of grain suppliers, we can facilitate the entire process from procurement to delivery at final destination.
We help customers to identify and implement significant savings by assisting with the charter and management of container shipments and bulk export vessels, ensuring they are covered for marine cargo and charterers’ liability insurance.
In 2019, we partnered with “Arthur J. Gallagher”, a leading international insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting firm, to assist our clients directly with managing their ocean freight and marine insurance risks.
Another of our partners is MR Shipping. This relationship allows us to secure export vessels from handy to panama sizes in a timely and reliable manner, meeting multiple clients export requirements, small and large, all around the world.
Grain Trading and Merchandising
With over 60 years combined knowledge and experience gained working across the agricultural supply chain for companies large and small, the Basis Commodities team empowers clients with tried and trusted approaches to harnessing global grain trading, broking and merchandising.
One of our core values is our commitment to building successful and enduring relationships with our clients and striving to be a valued part of their success. Our clients value our market knowledge, resourcefulness, ethics, and expertise in identifying and executing new grain trading and merchandising opportunities. We provide trading and risk management advisory specifically focused on:
- Establishing trading limits, reporting systems and an appropriate risk management framework.
- Determining and describing price risks, what causes them, then managing those risks by taking a systemic and holistic view through the trade.
- Establishing targets and how they are measured.
- The analysis and understanding of market dynamics to help identify and capitalise on that information and make informed purchase decisions.
"In 2018 Basis Commodities and BALCO Australia formed an association to promote and market Australian Fodder into the Middle East and Africa. Rob Lawson CEO of BALCO Australia commented: “We wanted to place ourselves with the right partners who value our quality advantages, so we needed a regional expert to set us on the right track.”
CEO - Balco Australia
"We have found Basis Commodities to be a collaborative partner that has worked with us on developing new trading opportunities and providing creative solutions around procurement that have had a positive impact for our business."
Amir Abdul Latif
CEO - Invictus Trading FZE
"We engaged Basis Commodities to review our supply chain for imported white maize and make improvement recommendations. From the outset Basis Commodities took a hands-on approach to the project. The team provided valuable raw material and next best alternative analysis which helped us to save on our supply chain costs as well as providing assistance in securing delivery of maize from Tanzania to Rwanda during a critical supply period."
CEO - Africa Improved Foods, Kigali, Rwanda
"Basis Commodities has worked with the Five Star group since their foundation. They are a trusted part of the procurement team. They have always been conscientious in their work, considered in their advice and have helped us to manage grain price volatility and our supply program effectively over the last three years."
Mahmoud El Shorbaghi
Chairman - Five Star Flour Mills, Egypt
"We engaged Basis Commodities to review our supply chain from Australia and identify and implement opportunities for improving our procurement task. Not only did they work with us on restructuring our approach to suppliers, they have also taken an effective role in helping us to develop new ways of managing the risk associated with the supply of raw materials."
General Manager - National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing, Abu Dhabi
"We found our partnership with Basis Commodities to be fruitful on a number of different levels. Apart from giving us valuable insight into developing an effective international marketing strategy, Basis Commodities also offered advice to ensure successful implementation and guided us through the diverse risk management aspects associated with expanding a business globally. They also assisted us through a challenging strategic options process in which they had to delicately manage diverse views and cultural differences."
Former CEO - Emerald Grain