New Report: Setting up international biobased commodity trade chains

Published on
June 27, 2014

Wageningen UR and the Netherlands Enterprise agency have recently released a new report on setting up international biobased commodity trade chains.

Setting up a biobased production chain requires making a lot of difficult choices. What feedstocks should you use? How should logistics be arranged? And where should the facilities for compacting, dewatering and converting biomass be located? That’s why the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Wageningen UR conducted a study into setting up international biobased commodity trade chains.

During this study, the organisations composed classification of primary crops and products and combined it with a simple SWOT assessment method to judge if local feedstocks may be a good starting point for a biobased export chains. Based on input from industry business developers, they also came up with a logical set of criteria that guide the choice of siting conversion.

They consequently used these tools to assess 5 potential biobased export trade chains from Ukraine to The Netherlands. The results of this assessment show that siting of the conversion step in the process is cheaper in Ukraine, but the Netherlands scored better on security of supply infrastructure, logistics, tariffs, by-product value and regulation environment and rule of law.

The full report of this study is available for download by clicking on the link below.