From a seller or a seller mandates point of view, the biggest time waster is the illusion that we are actually talking with a buyer, an authorised buyer mandate or agent.
Note all agents for publicly listed companies have to be lodged with the appropriate judiciary, the SCC for the USA or ASIC for Australia
However, normally we are taking to someone who says they are one of these, the end buyer, the authorised mandate or agent, but isn’t.
To combat this we have instituted a simple change, when asked we simply follow the process below.
1 Yes we can supply Crude and refined Oil products.
2 Yes we supply products CIF delivery at a discount (usually quantity dependant) below a local benchmark (Except for Mazut which is generally sold at a fixed price)
3 But No, we won’t send an offer until the buyer has approved (in principle) our Conditions of contract
4 We then send out a file which includes our conditions of contract, upon which on agreement in principle to, we generate a fully authorised offer.
Silence usually follows, and Yes I would rather have silence than a full inbox and many deals, none of which are real.