Mineral Trading


1. Primer: Commodity Trading- Converting Natural Resources into Revenues published by the Natural Resource Governance Institute in March 2015

This document gives an overview of commodity trading. Commodity sales transfer natural resources physical assets into revenues. The sales can generate a large portion of government revenues in a country that is paid in kind, participates in production sharing, or has a state-owned company that produces itself. Prices for sales of a commodity depend on many factors, including the grade or quality of the mineral. As a result, getting the best price for minerals or oil from a specific extraction point can be a complicated process that requires extensive expertise.

2. Guide to Commodities: Producers, players and prices, markets, consumers and trends published by The Economist in 2013

This book focuses on the narrower, or perhaps purer, definition of commodities: natural resources or raw materials, whether mineral or agricultural. It looks at trends in the consumption and production of, and markets for, these goods, and at how prices have changed over the years and how they are likely to change in future. In short, it is a comprehensive guide that provides a concise explanation of everything that people need or will find helpful to know about commodities.

3. Trade and Development Report 2016 published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

The trade and development report is the main annual report published by UNCTAD. The 2016 report is titled "Structural Transformation for inclusive and sustained growth". Section E of Chapter 3 refers to the role of the primary sectors in the structural transformation process. Furthermore this section discusses how commodity export revenue can assist structural transformation.