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)

Chamber Business Awards 2017 - Open for Entry

Mon, March 13th, 2017, 0:00

Chamber Business Awards 2017 – Open for Entry More

NEBOSH General Certificate

Thu, March 16th, 2017, 9:00

This course is running one day per week. Beginning Mar 16, Exam will be on Jun 7 More

R Charity It's A Knock Out

Sat, May 6th, 2017, 0:00

It’s a Knock Out is a fun packed day, with lots of water and inflatables, laughs More

Liverpool Bubble Rush 5k

Sat, May 6th, 2017, 0:00

Liverpool's only 5k run through bubbles for 2017! More

Award in Education Course (Replaced PTLLS)

Mon, May 22nd, 2017, 0:00

Clinton Training is delivering the new Award in Education course 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