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Elia Traders LTD is an exciting company registered and based in London United Kingdom. We are suppliers of range of products and commodities from our partners around the globe.  In few specific products we act as Mandate or Facilitator introducing REAL Buyers to REAL Seller and arranges contracts for the supply of a variety of products between established Buyers and Sellers in the Industry. Elia Traders LTD has very strong established connections worldwide with manufacturer/producers as well as Buyers and is able to offer its clients genuine supply at competitive prices for the following valuable commodities, including but not limited to:

  • Iron Ore Fines – supplied mainly Ex Mexico, Chile, Peru, Brazil, and South Africa
  • Coal – Metallurgical and Steam – supplied mainly Ex Chile, Colombia or South Africa
  • Copper Ore – supplied Ex Mexico and Chile
  • Mineral Ores – mainly Manganese, Antimony, Lead, Alumina, Molybdenum, Tantalite, Chromium, and Gold
  • Gold Bullion and precious gems (rough and facetted) such as Diamonds, Sapphires, Rubies, Amethyst etc. – as and when available.
  • Petroleum Products – D2 Gas Oil, JP54 Jet Fuel, Mazut M100-75 and M100-99, REBCO (Russian Export Blend Crude Oil), etc. – supplied mainly Ex Russia.
  • LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas)
  • Sugar White Refined and Raw Sugar, in Bulk or packaged, supplied Ex Brazil
  • Coffee – supplied Ex Brazil and Colombia.
  • Soybean – supplied Ex Argentina and Brazil
  • Rice, Yellow Corn and other grains – supplied mainly Ex Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan
  • Rare beautiful Hardwood Timbers for furniture and flooring supplied Ex Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Suriname.
  • Plantation Timbers (hardwood & pine) for general construction – supplied Ex Brazil and Argentina.
  • Plywood (Hardwood & Pine) in standard and marine quality – supplied Ex Brazil and Argentina.
  • Plantation Logs & Woodchip (Hardwood & Pine) – supplied Ex Brazil and Argentina.
  • Marble & Granite
  • Scrap Steel; HMS 1&2, HMS1 and USED RAIL (as and when available)
  • Portland Cement 42.5, 52.5, 32.5 and other cements, including Clinker and Sulphur resistant Cement type II & V.
  • Seafood including Fish, Prawns, Crab, Abalone and Mussels, Ex Brazil, Argentina and Chile.  This business must be contracted as a long term ongoing supply

We have trade contracts with many miners, producers, exporters, importers, distributors, traders, brokers, wholesalers and manufacturers all around the world and it is most likely that we can arrange a supplier or a buyer of any product, provided the transaction is substantial and an ongoing business.

Elia Traders LTD is committed to providing the highest levels of quality products and services to its clients, whilst at the same time maintaining a friendly and personal service.
We are also very confident that our prices and our ability to guarantee continuity of supply are undoubtedly first class.   We would look forward to the opportunity to be of service to you in the near future.

Please Note:    No Bills of Lading, SGS Reports, Warranties, or past fulfilled Contracts documents will be presented as “Past Performance,” sanitized or not, for the following reasons, it is:   Against Trade Regulations – Against stated SGS Policy – Violates Formal Contract Confidentiality, and it violates Law.


The offered payment method can greatly affect the price offered by us or our selected suppliers; generally the more secure the payment the cheaper the price.   Sellers/suppliers are looking for more security in the payment method because of the high percentage of drop outs of Buyers paying by ordinary DLC, because this payment does not guarantee continuity.  Nevertheless, if you are wanting to trade with Chinese buyers, they will generally not offer any other payment option.

The payment instrument acceptable to the Seller can vary considerably with each seller and also with the particular commodity being traded – some Sellers are happy to accept IRDLC revolving for one month’s shipment value whilst other Sellers, such as Scrap merchants, may require a BG as security deposit held in trust for one or even two months shipment value as surety against the buyer dropping out of the contract.

So why do Buyers drop out?    In the past a buyer, to secure the best price, would contract a quantity say up to 12 times more than the quantity they actually required; they pay for 1 or 2 shipments and then drop out; after having obtained the benefit of a price offered for the much larger quantity.   Also buyers would drop out of a contract because they had since found a seller with a cheaper price.

For similar reasons, with contracts such as sugar, payment may be mandatory by FFBG with some sugar sellers.   Nevertheless our Seller’s payment options will always be clearly outlined in our Soft Offers and are almost always non-negotiable.


 ALL payment instruments must be issued by a Top 50 Prime World Bank; please check our website for latest Top 50 list.

CONFIRMED, Irrevocable Letters of Credit give the seller the greatest protection, since sellers can rely on the commitment of two banks to make payment.    The Confirming Bank will pay even if the Issuing Bank cannot or will not honour the draft for any reason whatever.   In accordance with the additional risk assumed by the banks, however, confirmed, irrevocable Letters of Credit are more expensive than unconfirmed Letters of Credit.

The three (3) main payment options are:

  • IRDLC             Irrevocable, Transferable or Non-Transferable, Auto-Revolving for one month’s shipment value, Documentary Letter of Credit, Issued by (or Confirmed by) a Top 50 Prime World Bank, 100% at sight Port of Loading.
  • IRDLC + BG               Unconditional Bank Guarantee for one month’s shipment value held as surety and then monthly payment by Irrevocable, Transferable or Non-Transferable, Auto-Revolving for one month’s shipment value, Documentary Letter of Credit, Issued by (or Confirmed by) a Top 50 Prime World Bank, 100% at sight Port of Loading.
  • FFBG              Fully Funded Bank Guarantee, Issued by (or Confirmed by) a Top 50 Prime World Bank.

There are other acceptable payment methods and also variations of these payment methods above applicable to certain commodities that our Sellers may accept, however these will be advised in our Soft Offers.

Please clearly define your preferred payment when making your application for quotation.


Once we have given you a Soft Offer we require an LOI or ICPO from the Buyer with wording that mirrors the Soft Offer and which must include Buyer’s full banking coordinates.  If we act as facilitator we also require the Buyer, Buyer Mandate and all intermediaries to complete and sign an NCND/IMFPA and pass it to Sell Side for completion.   The Seller then issues an FCO or Draft Contract to the Buyer for acceptance.


In some cases we can ask for POF (Proof of Funds) however this will vary as to when and how this is provided.    POF can be offered in a variety of ways.


Whilst permission for a Soft Prove which may be offered in the ICPO or LOI is nice, it is generally not acceptable as it is not a guarantee of any commitment to the contract in hand.


A BCL should list a description of the goods, the quantity, the total contract value and the monthly revolving amount expressed in US Dollars.   A BCL (Bank Comfort Letter) is becoming less acceptable by the day to both the Seller and the Buyer.   Very few Banks will issue BCLs because of previous instances where many Sellers have successfully sued the Buyer’s bank for failure of the Buyer to provide the payment.   Also BCLs have been fraudulently designed by Buyers and this has made such documents in doubt.


SWIFT Code (also known as SWIFT-BIC, BIC code, SWIFT ID or SO 9362) is a standard format of Bank Identifier Codes approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).   It is the unique identification code of a particular bank. These codes are used when transferring money between banks, particularly for international wire transfers, and also for the exchange of other messages between banks.

The most common acceptable method of providing POF is via SWIFT service Bank to Bank such as MT799, MT999.  Sadly, most USA banks won’t issue POF by this method either, because they can be held as legally responsible.


Many Russian Oil Refineries have been caught with high expense of registering Contracts with Russian Ministry of Energy and Buyers then unable to finance the deal – so the Russian Refineries have been trying for some time to solve this serious problem.    They tried to have the Buyer pay the Registration Costs upfront but this left the door open for scammers to represent themselves as a Seller – and fraudulently take the upfront payment.    They tried to have the Buyer deposit an amount of money in an Escrow account but that also attracted the scammers.

So Buyers need to be carefully when selecting a Facilitator.    Our Sellers do not require any up-front payment.

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