Certificates & Accreditations

C. Steinweg is a highly qualified and certified organisation. Internal procedures are set up in accordance with ISO and other quality standards. Health & safety are, likewise, very important issues for us. Examples of this are our own VBS (Safety Control System regulated according to the Health & Safety Act), Security maintenance to ISPS and the “Authorized Economic Operator” (AEO) status. Please check on the individual webpages for each office/warehouse which certifications are available at that location. In order to verify whether these certificates and accreditations are also applicable for your specific business, please check with the local office.

Many of our warehouses are approved and recognised as delivery points by the most important and leading exchanges and associations dealing with industrial and agricultural commodities like the LME and the MMTA (in London/UK), ICECME/NYMEX/COMEX and the CMAA (in New York/USA), the SMX (in Singapore) and the DMCC and DTTC (in Dubai/UAE). Please also refer to this overview of certified warehouses.

For hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals we follow the Commodity Markets Rules and the legislation related to handling, storage and transportation such as IMOADR/RID and ICAO. For food and food-related products we operate warehouses that are HACCP and AIB approved.

Please find hereunder an overview of the meaning of the abbreviations used throughout our website.

  • ADR is the Accord Européen Relatif au transport des marchandises dangereuses par route (European agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods).
  • Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is granted by EU Member States to economic operators established in the EU that meet the following common criteria stipulated in customs law;
    – An appropriate record of compliance with customs requirements;
    – A satisfactory system of managing commercial and, where appropriate, transport records, which allows appropriate customs controls;
    – Proven financial solvency;
    – Where applicable, appropriate security and safety standards.
  • The American Institute of Baking (AIB) provides GMP inspections based on a widely-recognised set of Consolidated Standards that describe the requirements of a superior food safety program, recognised by food companies as a measure of world-class programs that qualify for business worldwide.
  • Bio Suisse is the Swiss organic market’s private label. Bio Suisse requirements have to be followed in addition to those requested by EU-Organic.
  • The Cocoa Merchants Association of America (CMAA) is a trade organisation founded in 1924, and groups as its regular members all major importing dealers of cocoa beans and cocoa products.
  • The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) is a source for closing prices on metals futures and options, among others the COMEX copper or aluminum futures contracts. (previously known as the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX).
  • The Dubai Multi Commodity Exchange (DMCC) was created to establish a commodity market place in Dubai, and provide industry-specific market infrastructure and a full range of facilities for the gold and precious metals, diamonds and coloured stones, energy and other commodities industries.
  • The Dubai Tea Trading Centre (DTTC) is a dedicated facility in Dubai at which international tea producers and merchants can hold stocks of tea that will be readily available to meet the immediate requirements of importers in the Middle East and adjacent regions.
  • HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points and it addresses possible hazards in respect of food safety within a production process.
  • ICAO is the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
  • The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) operates regulated global futures exchanges and over-the-counter (OTC) markets for, among others, agricultural derivatives such as coffee and cocoa.
  • The International Maritime Organisation‘s (IMO) main task has been to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping and its remit today includes safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping.
  • The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world’s most well-known standard-setting body  which develops and publishes ISO standards as an independent, non-governmental and international organization. These ISO standards cover many different aspects of business operation and many Steinweg offices follow these standards. Besides the well-known ISO 9001:2015 quality standard, C. Steinweg – Handelsveem B.V. in Rotterdam also complies to the ISO 26000 standard. This standard focusses on Corporate Social Responsibility. The self-declaration of this standard can be found here.
  • The London Metal Exchange (LME) is the world’s premier non-ferrous metals market. It offers futures and options contracts for aluminium,  aluminium alloy (x2) , cobalt, copper, lead, molybdenum, nickel, steel billet, tin and zinc. For the applicable rates and conditions, please click here.
  • The Multi Commodity Exchange of India is an independent commodity exchange based in India. It was established in 2003 and is based in Mumbai. MCX offers options trading in gold and futures trading in non-ferrous metals, bullion, energy, and a number of agricultural commodities. In 2016, MCX was seventh among the global commodity exchanges in terms of the number of futures contracts trade.
  • The Minor Metals Trade Association (MMTA) serves to benefit and promote the interests of its international membership, comprising companies actively involved in all aspects of the international trade of minor metals in all their various forms.
  • RID is the Règlement Concernant le Transport International Ferroviaire Marchandises Dangereuses (European agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by rail).
  • The Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) was formed from the amalgamation of the Shanghai Metal Exchange, Shanghai Foodstuffs Commodity Exchange, and the Shanghai Commodity Exchange in December 1999. It is a non-profit-seeking incorporated body regulated by the China Securities Regulatory Commission. It facilitates futures trading in a.o. copper and rubber for which Steinweg warehouses have been accredited.
  • Skal Biocontrole is dedicated to proving the reliability of organic products in the Netherlands, assigned to do so by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands. This also includes approved warehouse as part of the logistics chain of organic products.
  • The Singapore Mercantile Exchange (SMX) is a pan-Asian multi-product commodity and currency derivatives exchange situated in Singapore. It offers a comprehensive platform for trading a diversified basket of commodities, including futures and options contracts on precious metals, base metals, agriculture commodities, energy, currencies and indices.
  • The National Organic Program (NOP) is a regulatory program housed within the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. The US authority (US Department of Agriculture) accredits Control Union Certifications for the National Organic Program (NOP).