TOKYO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM) on Wednesday launched a physical market for oil products including gasoline and kerosene, the first such contracts by a Japanese exchange.
The listed contracts will be gasoline, kerosene, gas oil, bunker A and low sulphur bunker A (LSA) for delivery by maritime shipment or at a refinery.
Main participants are oil refiners, trading houses and oil distributors, a TOCOM official said. Trade prices will be published on TOCOM’s website.
“Execution prices will be used to determine the settlement of cash-settled oil futures contracts slated for listing in May 2017 at TOCOM,” the exchange said.
“The Exchange expects the result to be a useful new price index and will contribute to reinvigorating the existing oil futures market.”
Physical contracts for oil products are currently traded in Singapore, which has traditionally served as a trading hub for oil markets in the Asian region.
Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; additonal reporting by Jessica Jaganathan in SINGAPORE; Editing by Richard Pullin