Singapore Exchange (SGX) has added four new forward freight agreement (FFA) and futures contracts in the capesize and handysize segments, as the recovery in global industrial production and robust steel demand in China continue to drive demand for both iron ore and minor bulks.
The new SGX Baltic Handysize time charter (7 Routes) Futures/FFA and SGX Baltic Capesize Voyage C3 Futures/FFA reference the Baltic Exchange’s 38,000 dwt handysize and Brazil-China C3 capesize benchmarks, respectively, and commenced trading on April 19.
Twenty contracts of the SGX Baltic Handysize time charter FFA have been traded since, with the inaugural trades brokered by SSY Futures, part of UK broker Simpson Spence Young.
According to SGX, the Brazil to China route reflects demand for Brazilian iron ore from China, the world’s largest importer of iron ore, and the new contracts should provide an additional hedging tool for clients looking to manage their freight risk from Brazil.
William Chin, head of commodities at SGX, said: “This is an opportune time to be expanding our FFA product suite offering. Against a backdrop of ongoing COVID-related disruptions and a recovery of industry activity that is set to continue, we are seeing strong interest from market participants for more precise shipping risk management tools. Together with the Baltic Exchange, we have been deliberate in building FFA liquidity blocks that benefit the maritime community and better meet the needs of our shipping, iron ore and commodity clients.”
Mark Jackson, CEO of the SGX-owned Baltic Exchange, added: “The handysize market is an important, active dry bulk segment with a wide variety of active owners and charterers. We have seen significant interest from market participants in trading a smaller vessel type and will continue to support the development of this market with independent, regulated, daily assessments.”
SGX is the largest clearing venue for dry bulk freight globally with over 60% market share. Nearly half a million SGX FFA contracts changed hands in the first quarter of 2021, up 50% from the same period last year, a record pace as the dry bulk market rebounded.