19 October, 2021

RTRS Chain of Custody certification: the sustainable soy supply system is strengthening

During the first half of 2021, 40 new sites in Argentina, Brazil, France, India, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Paraguay were certified against the RTRS Chain of Custody Standard; this number includes 5 ports. As of July 31, 162 sites have been certified to receive, process and trade RTRS-certified physical soy(1).

After the RTRS Chain of Custody certification record of 67 new sites in 2020, in 2021, 40 new sites were certified against the RTRS Chain of Custody Standard to trade physical soy, including, in some cases, the RTRS non-GMO scope. This increase, which was accelerated over the past few years, is not an isolated event, but the result of a sustained process that has been in place for a decade.  

Between 2011 and 2018, 47 sites in three countries, Argentina, Brazil and Thailand obtained RTRS Chain of Custody certification. In 2019, eight new sites in five different countries obtained RTRS certification. This included the entry of Italy and Turkey. In 2020, RTRS certification was awarded for the first time to 67 new sites, including 20 ports and one transshipment terminal (plus the recertification of 17 sites that had been certified in 2015). This represented an increase of 88% over 2019, enabling five new countries (Germany, France, India, The Netherlands and Paraguay) to receive, process and trade RTRS certified physical soybeans.

During the first half of 2021, the growth trend of RTRS Chain of Custody certification continues, and the 40 new certified sites include(2)

  • In the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, Prestige Feed Mills Limited obtained RTRS certification for  soybeans, soybean meal and oil storage and processing plant. 
  • In South America, Bunge Argentina S.A. certified two sites: a storage facility in Delfin Gallo, province of Tucuman, and a processing and storage plant and a port in Puerto General San Martin Industrial Complex, in Santa Fe. Bunge Paraguay S.A. certified five sites including four storage facilities in Curuguaty, Corpus Christi, San Juan del Parana and Itapua; a processing plant in Villeta and three loading ports in San Juan del Parana, Itapua and Villeta. 
  • In Brazil, COFCO International certified a total of 26 sites on behalf of COFCO Brazil Overseas LTDA and COFCO International Grains LTDA. The certification applies to 15 storage facilities in the state of Mato Grosso, municipalities of Nova Ubiratã, Sorriso, Rondonópolis, Itanhangá, Nova Maringá, Campo Verde, Carlinda, Claudia, Nova Santa Helena, Santa Carmen, Canarana, Marcelândia and Novo Mundo. COFCO also certified a soybean pellets processing plant in Rondonópolis. COFCO’s RTRS Chain of Custody certification also includes operations in port terminals and commercial offices in the state of São Paulo, as well as commercial offices in Mato Grosso (Diamantino, Lucas do Rio Verde, Nova Ubiratã, Sorriso and Querência).
  • In Europe, Moy Park L.T.D. obtained RTRS Chain of Custody Mass Balance certification for a soybean meal processing plant in the city of Antrim and a commercial office in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. Also, two new organizations in Ireland have obtained RTRS Chain of Custody certification: R&H Hall certified two sites, a storage facility and a commercial office, both located in Belfast; also in Belfast, John Thompson & Sons Limited certified a soybean meal processing plant for the production of animal feed.

These new certified sites add to the list of 122  organizations that have been RTRS Chain of Custody certified  as of December 2020, making a total of 162  sites certified to receive, process and trade  RTRS-certified physical soy. These include 26 ports and two transshipment centers in Argentina, Germany, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

RTRS Chain of Custody certification is applicable along the entire supply chain and guarantees the traceability of physical soybeans certified under the RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production.

Click here to access to the map and list of RTRS Chain of Custody certifications. 


  1. Los datos expresados son los recabados al 31 de julio de 2021.
  2.  El criterio para organizar y mencionar a las organizaciones y sus respectivas certificaciones responde a razones estrictamente comunicacionales e informativas. Así, nos referimos a las organizaciones certificadas durante el período de 1 de enero al 31 de julio de 2021 de acuerdo con la fecha de certificación, del menos actual al más actual, y por continente.
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