The Cocoa Merchants' Association of America, Inc. ("CMAA") was started in 1924 as
the main cocoa trade association. The founding members were importers and end users
of cocoa beans in the USA. Our member companies now represent all stake holders in
the cocoa supply chain from shippers and growers to the branded chocolate
manufacturers and everyone in between, including banks, warehousemen, steamship
carriers, and so forth on an international level.
The Association provides its members with the following services:
- Publications and regular updating of standard sales contracts for the
domestic and international trade of cocoa beans and cocoa products.
- Administration of the Warehouse Inspection Program with professional
monthly inspections of public warehouses storing the participating members' cocoa.
- Weekly publication of spot prices for cocoa beans and cocoa products.
- Arbitration facilities to settle disputes arising out of contractual
obligations through a simple, fair, quick and low cost review and adjudication
procedure by experts in the field.
- Information gathering and exchange center for important developments
pertaining to physical operations of the cocoa trade, such as regulatory and traffic
- Representation of the importing trades' interest vis-a-vis the Federal
Government and other government agencies, notably in such areas as Food & Drug
Administration and U.S. Customs
- Maintenance of contacts with other similar trade organizations in the
cocoa area in the U.S. and abroad
- Organization of educational and social gatherings, such as various
seminars, annual Golf Outing & Dinner, Traffic and Logistics Seminar and the
International Cocoa Conference.