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Corporate Banking, Sector Expertise for Commodities


Our dedicated Commodities team operates globally and has relationships with many of the world’s largest commodity trading companies. Barclays offers a range of solutions to support the financial requirements specific to the Commodities sector and has experienced Relationship Managers based in major trading geographies worldwide.

Barclays has a long history in the commodities trading sector and boasts a strong track record of delivery. We offer our clients sector-focused Relationship Directors in key geographic locations.

    26 geographies in which we have a Corporate Banking presence.¹

As a client of the Commodities team within Barclays, we also offer you:

  • Specific commodities expertise from experienced Relationship Directors
  • International representation and presence across Barclays’ 26 geographies with a connected global approach led centrally and managed locally
  • Products to support the requirements of commodity trading companies such as Borrowing Base, Receivables Financing, Foreign Exchange and International Cash Management
  • Sector research across a range of commodities and markets
  • Access to market-leading online trading platform BARX
  • Significant expertise in debt financing derived from many years of experience delivering solutions to clients
  • Local African market expertise across 12 countries in Africa, providing Cash Management, FX and Trade Finance
  • A Credit Sanctioning team specifically dedicated to the commodities trading sector
  • Valuable networking opportunities through our long-standing relationships with key sector bodies and access to our series of regular focused industry seminars and articles.

Focused expertise across the sector

To better meet your business requirements, our Relationship Directors have a dedicated focus within the sector:

  • In soft commodities such as sugar, cocoa, coffee, grain
  • Agricultural commodities such as cotton and wool
  • Hard commodities such as metals, oil and oil products
  • Broad-based African knowledge and experience
  • A range of financial solutions including Trade Finance, Debt Finance, and Working Capital Management and hedging capabilities.

What we can offer

In addition to our Relationship Directors’ dedicated focus and sector expertise, they can offer you access to a range of products from across Barclays, including:


Provide your customers with a secure and convenient way to pay, while making reconciliation easy with our mobile payments service.

Bonds, Guarantees and Indemnities

Demonstrate your financial credibility and tender competitively for business with bonds and guarantees issued by Barclays.

Cash Management

Optimise your working capital with products that enable you to efficiently manage funds, payments and collections.

Cash Pooling

Optimise the efficiency of your working capital with our Cash Pooling techniques.

Corporate Lending

Benefit from a wide range of finance products to grow your business, recapitalise, refinance and consolidate debt.

Foreign Exchange

Reduce the risk of the exchange rate volatility and benefit from our sector professionals who can offer you products that meet your FX requirements.

SWIFTNET Corporate Access

Gain greater control and global visibility of accounts with this fully integrated platform.

We can also help you access our Investment Bank (opens in a new window) which focuses on providing a simplified financial commodities flow platform for clients, with a strong emphasis on efficient electronic execution, including Financial Oil, US Financial Gas and Index products.

In addition, you could benefit from BARX, our multi-asset class e-trading solution. BARX Commodities delivers a fully integrated and global service for base metals and energy products in all major currencies. Clients can trade commodities using the advanced functionality of the award-winning BARX FX platform.

Contact our Commodities team

Brian Parsons – Global Relationship Director, Commodities

Brian Parsons – Global Relationship Director, Commodities
Brian is a senior director on the Commodities team based in London and has responsibility for coordinating the relationships between our commodities clients and the bank. Key within the role is to manage the delivery of products and services from our global businesses; ranging from cash management and trade finance, to working capital lending and liquidity structures across the bank’s multiple geographies.

Brian has 17 years banking experience, initially spending several years advising clients on Interest Rate and FX Risk Management Solutions and has spent the last eight years in Corporate Banking. Brian also spent several years in private industry working with a European manufacturing firm and has also run his own business for a time.

Brian joined the Global Corporates team in 2011 initially covering the bank’s Swiss corporate client portfolio and subsequently has worked across Europe. He is now part of the Commodities team covering a portfolio comprising some of the world’s largest commodities traders. Alongside his client relationship management responsibilities, Brian is a member of the Bank’s Industry Strategy Board for Commodities that is shaping Barclays’ global approach to the sector.

To find out what our Commodities Team can do for your business, email Brian or call our dedicated team on 0800 015 4242*

1Source: Barclays, November 2015

How can we help?

To discuss switching to Corporate Banking at Barclays, call us on: 0800 015 4242*