Release Number 7405-16
July 11, 2016
CFTC Orders Singapore-Based Agrocorp International Pte Ltd. to Pay $150,000 for Call Cotton Reporting Violations
Washington, DC - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today issued an Order filing and settling charges against Agrocorp International Pte Ltd. (Agrocorp), a commodities trading and distribution company headquartered in Singapore, for failing to file CFTC Form 304 Reports reporting its call cotton purchases and sales when it held or controlled at least one hundred (100) cotton futures positions.
The Order requires Agrocorp to pay a $150,000 civil monetary penalty and prohibits it from committing future violations of CFTC Regulation 19.02, as charged. The Order also states that Agrocorp will undertake to adopt and maintain internal controls that are reasonably designed to ensure that the agents and employees under Agrocorp’s authority and control comply fully with the CFTC cotton reporting regulations, including but not limited to designating a specific individual or individuals with responsibility for filing CFTC Form 304. The Order further states that Agrocorp will provide its employees with training to ensure further compliance with CFTC requirements.
Specifically, the Order finds that, on approximately twenty-two (22) occasions, in late 2012 and between October 7, 2014 and February 13, 2015, Agrocorp held or controlled at least 100 cotton futures but failed to file weekly Form 304 Reports as required. Cotton merchants and dealers that hold or control at least 100 cotton futures positions, the reportable level for cotton futures contracts under CFTC Regulations, are required to file CFTC Form 304 Reports that show their call cotton purchases and sales as of the close of business Friday, and no later than two business days following the date of the report.
According to regulations cited in the Order, call cotton refers to physical cotton bought or sold, or contracted for purchase or sale, at a price to be fixed later based on a specified delivery month’s futures price. The CFTC uses information it gathers from CFTC Form 304 Reports in its weekly Cotton On-Call Reports, published with other Market Reports on the CFTC website.
The CFTC previously issued a market Advisory reminding cotton market participants wherever they are located of their ongoing obligation to comply in a timely manner with applicable reporting obligations (see CFTC Staff Advisory No. 13-14, Obligation of Reportable Market Participants to File CFTC Form 304 Reports for Call Cotton in a Timely Manner as Required by Commission Regulation 19.02, May 8, 2013).
The CFTC acknowledges the assistance of Kelly Beck, Janet Briner, Harold Hild, and Matthew Hunter of the CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight, and Andrew Balzano of the CFTC’s Office of Data and Technology, in connection with this matter.
The CFTC Division of Enforcement staff members responsible for this case are Karin N. Roth, Christopher Giglio, Candice Aloisi, Lenel Hickson, Jr. and Manal M. Sultan.
Last Updated: July 11, 2016