About us


About Cefetra

Cefetra S.p.A. is a Rome-based company and part of the wider German BayWa Group. Our total volume of trade is approximately 1.4 million metric tons per year, using different transportation such as vessels, trucks, trains, etc. We supply agricultural raw materials to the feed, food and fuel industries and we have developed market expertise over 35 years. Our Ravenna office provides a strategic and efficient location in the productive core area of Italian zootechnics and ensures a practical management of goods arriving from the Adriatic Sea.

We offer quality, safety and sustainability
We build efficient supply chains based on excellent logistics between suppliers across the globe and our clients within Europe. We value high nutritional quality while food safety is a top priority. We make sure our partners always receive transparent information about the supply chain and benefit from our extensive global network. We choose sustainable solutions and expect the same from our partners across the entire supply chain.


Company history

Cefetra was founded in 1899 as the ‘Central Bureau’, supporting local united farmers in purchasing fertilizers by acting as importer.

From importer …

The ‘Central Bureau’ supported the local united farmers in purchasing fertilizers, by acting as importer. In the twenties the Bureau also started to trade and produce feed and by the end of the thirties it supplied machines and operated slaughterhouses and a breeding station.

… to the largest agricultural distributer in Holland

After the war, the Bureau started processing agricultural products. In 1972, the company merged with the Handelsraad and was named Cebeco. Cebeco was by far the largest player in agricultural trade, distribution and processing in the Netherlands.  

From Cebeco to Cefetra

In 1988, Cebeco Feed Trading was established, solely dedicated to importing raw materials from outside the EU to the Dutch cooperative compound feed producers. In 2002, Cebeco Feed Trading changed its name to Cefetra and moved to ‘de Willemswerf’ in Rotterdam, where the Group is still located today. Furthermore, in order to expand into new markets in 2014 Cefetra S.p.A. (the Italian branch of Cefetra BV) was founded.


Cefetra – Part of BayWa

Since 2013 BayWa has been the owner of Cefetra. BayWa is the leading trading and services group in Germany. The company is listed on the stock exchange. Its core segments are agriculture, energy and building materials.

BayWa has more than 17,000 employees in 40 different countries. Cefetra Group (formerly BayWa Agri Supply and Trade) is the Rotterdam based holding company for all international agri trade activities. Leading brands of the BAST group are: Cefetra, Tracomex, Premium Crops, Roya Ingredients Group, BioCore and Sedaco. These different brands strongly cooperate to ensure the best possible service to our clients.


Cefetra across the Globe

The total Cefetra Group trades about 21 million metric ton of raw materials per year. Mostly delivering commodities to the European market.

Where do we trade?

  • Large volumes of soymeal, sunflower meal and soybean hulls are shipped from South America to Europe.
  • Smaller volumes of soymeal and grains come from North America.
  • Increasingly important is the supply of grains and sunflower meal from the Black Sea region.
  • From Asia we mainly import palm kernel expellers.  


How much do we trade?

By way of example, in 2018, the total trade volume was split as follows:
– 77% Soya
– 14% Grains
– 8% By-product
We are the leading partner for the animal feed industry in Europe.

We don’t do it alone!

We work internationally with local suppliers in close, long-term relationships to secure our supply needs.


Culture & values

We are there for our clients and we listen to our clients. We like to call ourselves ‘lean and mean’. Our highly efficient large scale makes it possible to act fast.

Our extensive network and well-oiled supply chains gives us the flexibility we need to deliver ‘just in time’: not too early, not too late. It is our history, the way we approach our partnerships and our clear intention to cooperate with our clients that sets us apart. Never losing sight of quality, safety and our planet.