Press release

Abu Dhabi Exports Office joins Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation to provide USD135m in financing to Trafigura

Collaborative initiative part of ADEX’s mission to strengthen the UAE’s export sector

Published on7 Mar 2023

Abu Dhabi, 7 March 2023Abu Dhabi Exports Office (ADEX), the export financing arm of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development; and Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Banking Corporation (SMBC), have joined hands to provide a loan facility of USD135 million to Trafigura, a market leader in the global commodities industry.


ADEX contributed USD125 million of the total facility to support Trafigura’s working capital needs, including for exports of metals, minerals and refined hydrocarbons from the UAE, with SMBC financing the remaining USD10 million and undertaking the role of facility agent and coordinator. The two-year financing will support Trafigura’s continued procurement from the UAE and is part of ADEX’s effort to drive the export of strategic commodities and strengthen the presence of Emirati products in the global market.


His Excellency Mohamed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and Chairman of the Exports Executive Committee of the Abu Dhabi Exports Office, said: “The loan provided by ADEX and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation would allow Trafigura to develop broader relations with Emirati exporters and increase the volume of imports of our strategic commodities. Such moves contribute to the UAE’s economic diversification efforts, increasing trade with the rest of the world, and enhancing the presence of Emirati goods in the international market.”


Nicolas Marsac, Head of Structured and Trade Finance for Trafigura said: “We are pleased to work together with the Abu Dhabi Exports Office and SMBC to export UAE’s strategic minerals and energy products to international markets. This is an important cooperation as we continue to grow our commercial activity in the UAE.”




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About Trafigura
Trafigura is a leading commodities group, owned by its employees and founded 30 years ago. At the heart of global supply, Trafigura connects vital resources to power and build the world. We deploy infrastructure, market expertise and worldwide logistics network to move oil and petroleum products, metals and minerals, gas and power from where they are produced to where they are needed, forming strong relationships that make supply chains more efficient, secure and sustainable. We invest in renewable energy projects and technologies to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy, including through joint ventures H2Energy Europe and Nala Renewables.


The Trafigura Group also comprises industrial assets and operating businesses including multi-metals producer Nyrstar, fuel storage and distribution company Puma Energy, and our Impala Terminals joint venture. The Group employs over 12,000 people and is active in 156 countries.