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Freight highlights

Innovation is a key focus for the platform

Well-established presence across Asia

Logistics and risk management expertise complement core commodities portfolio and help mitigate risk.

Operating a fleet of around 200 vessels, servicing global destinations for our own business and third-party customers.

Our chartered fleets include vessels spanning from smaller, 3,000 DWT river barges, to larger bulk carriers such as 210,000 DWT Newcastlemax.

About freight

Louis Dreyfus Company's (LDC’s) unique perspective as both a major charterer and vessel operator, combined with its innovative and comprehensive risk management strategies, allows the Group to offer a wide range of services and support to its internal and external customer base.

While our chartering activities were traditionally focused on agricultural trades, today nearly half of our chartering supports our diverse third-party customer base, including major global miners, steel mills, utilities and other industrial sectors. With ever-expanding internal commodities cargo flows, the Freight Platform supports LDC’s other platforms by ensuring safe voyage execution and guaranteeing continuity of supply.

As a Group, we abide by strict chartering, compliance and vetting policies to ensure the fixing of suitable and operationally sound tonnage, for safe and timely execution of our cargo shipments.

Our dedicated Freight team operates from our offices in Bulgaria, China, France, Singapore, Switzerland and the US.

Our strengths in freight

We are known across the industry as a reliable partner, for the quality of service and added value we offer our customers.

In a maritime financial environment marred by volatility and other challenges, we are among few companies with the global reach and financial strength necessary to deliver on its commitments, today and well into the future. As a member of the Baltic Exchange, we abide by the highest standards in the maritime trade, in addition to living by our own promise to our customers: “Our word is our bond.”


In 2016, we embraced enhanced satellite tracking technology to better predict fleet and cargo movements – an initiative which has optimized our global operations. By constantly re-assessing and improving our capabilities in order to gain better market knowledge and by implementing new steps to enhance our market risk mitigation approach, we are well positioned to offer the high quality services our customers rely on us for.

Technological innovation also supports optimization of our voyage operations, contributing to efficiency achievements toward more sustainable shipping.


As responsible freight operators, we strongly support the new International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) environmental protection regulations, particularly with regards to water ballast treatment, low Sulphur Fuel Oil enforcement in 2020 and Greenhouse Gas reductions in the coming decades.

We will continue seeking sustainable and innovative design solutions, in partnership with international industry bodies, shipyards and ship owners, through the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (“SSI2040”), aiming to contribute to the necessary gradual decarbonisation of maritime freight.

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