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Cocoa

A Guide to Trade Practices

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This Guide describes trade and industry practices, as well as regulations applying to cocoa. It discusses customs procedures; systems and techniques used at each stage of the cocoa supply chain; trends in cocoa manufacturing and processing; electronic commerce; cocoa organic farming; fair trade; sustainable production; and environmental issues. It also provides a list of main sector-related trade and industry associations; and appendices that contain detailed statistical data and list of relevant Internet websites.

English French, Spanish

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The cocoa trade in importing countries

The first customers for cocoa in export markets are usually import merchants, rather than processors or manufacturers. These merchants purchase from exporting countries and sell on to industry. In this role as intermediaries, they fulfil the important function of physical commodity distributors.

English Spanish, French

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