International Organizations

Trade & Policy Organizations


APPAMEX was founded in 1992 by representatives of different companies selling bulk agricultural products in the country. APPAMEX brings together international companies importing and exporting, which account for more than 90% of trade in these products, and also companies services such as port terminals, shipping and rail carriers, banks, storers, certification and foreign organizations that promote international trade in grains, oilseeds and other agricultural products in bulk, mainly.

Canada Grains Council

The Canada Grains Council is an organization of grain industry interests representing producers, crop input companies, grain companies, processors, end users, government departments, financial institutions, regulatory agencies and others.

International Grain Trade Coalition

The International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC) is an unincorporated coalition of 22 national and international non-profit trade associations and councils involving more than 8000 members whose purpose is to convene significant expertise and representation to provide advice to governments from a global perspective on the commercial requirements and economics of the world’s food, feed and processing industries, including but not limited to implementation of the Cartegena Protocol on Biosafety.

International Bulk Terminals Association

The International Bulk Terminals Association was established to provide an effective forum and voice for a global, but highly fragmented, industry that is of critical importance to the seaborne trade and transportation of dry bulk commodities. It is a not-for-profit society open to all owners/operators of dry bulk terminals world-wide. Commercial matters are not discussed. Its members operate more than 200 bulk terminals world-wide ranging in throughput capacities from less than 1mta to the largest facilities handling well over 50mta; in some cases much more.


Intergovernmental Institutions

World Trade Organization

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.


The C O D E X  A L I M E N T A R I U S international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice contribute to the safety, quality and fairness of this international food trade. Consumers can trust the safety and quality of the food products they buy and importers can trust that the food they ordered will be in accordance with their specifications.

International Plant Protection Convention

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is an international plant health agreement, established in 1952, that aims to protect cultivated and wild plants by preventing the introduction and spread of pests.