International Cotton Association Ltd (ICA)

The ICA is the world's leading cotton trade association and arbitral authority. Our aim is to protect the legitimate interests of all those who trade cotton, whether buyer or seller.
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It began life over 170 years ago in 1841 in Liverpool, UK, when a group of cotton brokers created a set of bylaws and rules to help regulate the sale and purchase of raw cotton.

Today, the majority of the world's cotton is still traded under ICA Bylaws & Rules. The rules have changed with time, but their aim remains the same - to create a safe trading environment.

The ICA now has more than 500 members and its membership spans all corners of the globe and represents all sectors of the supply chain.

The ICA operates on a not-for-profit basis and, in addition to its Bylaws & Rules, it offers a range of services - arbitration, training, trade and networking events, plus cotton testing and research via ICA Bremen.

News from International Cotton Association Ltd (ICA)

Professional Certificate in Commodity Management Launched

Fri, February 17th, 2017

A unique online course for all involved in the commodities trade is now live More

175-year-old cotton milestone celebrated in print

Thu, March 24th, 2016

175-year-old cotton milestone celebrated in print More

Liverpool based ICA appoints new ‘head of arbitration’

Tue, March 12th, 2013

ICA Head of Arbitration More

'Managing Risk' Training All Set For Dubai

Tue, March 5th, 2013

We will be delivering our ‘Managing risk in a volatile world’ training course... More

Chamber Events (from International Trade)

Snowdon Dual

Sat, August 5th, 2017, 0:00

New and exclusive to R Charity this challenge involves small teams taking on two More

NEBOSH General Cert (Day Release)

Thu, September 21st, 2017, 9:00

Course for those responsible for health and safety in their workplace More

Northern Powerhouse Medtech trade mission to California

Sun, September 24th, 2017, 0:00

Northern Powerhouse-led mission to San Jose & San Francisco More

China Trek

Mon, September 25th, 2017, 0:00

Text CHINA to 07825864197 or email Events@rlbuht.nhs.uk More

CQI/IRCA ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor Conversion Course

Tue, September 26th, 2017, 9:00

Gain skills required to perform 1st, 2nd and 3rd party, audits More

International Cotton Association Ltd (ICA)

6th Floor, Walker House, Exchange Flags, LIVERPOOL, Merseyside, L2 3YL.

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Key Staff

Kai Hughes Director General