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)

NEBOSH General Certificate (Day Release)

Thu, June 22nd, 2017, 0:00

The course is running one day a week,beginning Jun 22 and being examined Sep 6.. More

Annual Dinner Awards 2017

Mon, July 17th, 2017, 0:00

Call for nominations – awards now open for Annual Dinner 2017 More

Conducting Investigations

Fri, July 21st, 2017, 9:30

Event looks at how to conduct and manage a fair internal investigation. More

Level 2 Award in Fire Safety (QCF)

Tue, July 25th, 2017, 9:00

Is your Workplace Safe? Did you know that breaches of firesafety laws can result... More

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (QCF)

Thu, July 27th, 2017, 9:00

Did you know that there are more than 500,000 cases of food poisoning in the UK... 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