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"Established in 1993 as a private company, Trafigura is the world’s third largest independent oil trader and the second largest independent trader in the non-ferrous concentrates market. It has access to approximately US$33 billion in credit facilities, with investments in industrial assets around the world of more than US$3.3 billion..." [1]

Trafficker in polluting waste

In 2006, a Trafigura hired ship dumped highly toxic / noxious materials in an Ivory Coast unlicensed landfill. Eventually the fumes of the toxic materials affected 31,000 people and resulted in a lengthy and costly legal battle.[2][3]


NB: On the company's website there are no names of any of the company's principals.



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. Trafigura About, organizational web page, accessed June 24, 2012.
  2. David Leigh, How UK oil company Trafigura tried to cover up African pollution disaster, Guardian, 16 September 2009.
  3. Trafigura found guilty of exporting toxic waste, BBC News Online, 13 July 2010.