Ever since Schepens & Co was created in 1912 by the great-grandfather of the present owner, Mr Jean-Paul Schepens, the company has been opening up new rice markets around the world.
Quality-conscious and eager to find new opportunities for buyers, Schepens brokers travel continuously to rice-producing regions to search out new suppliers. This is how Schepens & Co stays in close contact with the first stage of the rice trade: the paddy fields, the processing of milled rice and the various operations at rice mills. Schepens & Co is also present at major exhibitions, and is a valued participant at rice symposiums and conventions.
This involvement at all levels in the market gives Schepens unique advantages which the company is able to share with its customers, thereby adding real value to contracts.
Both buyers and sellers come to Schepens for information, offers and bids. When the opportunity arises to conclude a contract, we can provide a Schepens Confirmation that contains all the necessary conditions, terms, duties and rights for both parties. These contracts are established in accordance with standard industry conditions, such as the London Rice Brokers’ Association, GAFTA, Rice Millers’ Association, SVRP, or Associazione Granaria di Milano, depending on the type of rice, means of transport or adequacy.
Schepens & Co is a worldwide, independent rice broker based in Antwerp, Belgium. Bringing together exporters of all types of rice, from all major producer countries, with more than 130 importers in consumption markets, we currently contract approximately 4% of the worldwide commercial rice trade.
Our reputation for expertise and reliability is built on our ability to provide customers with a total service – from contract negotiation and confirmation through to final delivery – with detailed follow-up at all stages. Schepens & Co’s up-to-the-minute worldwide pricing, demand and supply service is a valued source of information to buyers and sellers throughout the world.