Arbitration

The FCC’s internationally respected arbitration service provides parties who use our contracts with a fair, timely and economical form of dispute resolution.


All FCC Arbitrations are conducted under English Law in accordance with the procedure set out in the FCC Arbitration & Appeal Rules.  The provisions of the Arbitration Act 1996, and of any amendment or re-enactment to the act apply to every arbitration and appeal.  Contracting Parties have a choice of language (English or French) in which to submit arbitration documentation and have awards written. Unless the choice of arbitration language is clearly indicated in the contract, proceedings will automatically be conducted in the English language.


All disputes are adjudicated by qualified Arbitrators who make up The FCC Arbitration and Appeal Panel .  The panel is reviewed periodically by the Council and training is provided for prospective Arbitrators who are drawn from the Voting and Associate Membership.  Members with the relevant experience can apply to join the FCC Arbitration and Appeal Panel.  The application procedure can be viewed here.


Any party to a dispute is strongly advised to read the relevant Arbitration & Appeal Rules in force on the date of the contract.

Download a brief Guide to FCC Arbitration.

Download  a general Guidance to Parties on writing and submitting a Case Statement

Download a flowchart Guide to FCC Arbitration Time Limits

Download a flowchart Guide to FCC Appeal Time Limits


Arbitration and Appeal Fees effective from 01 April 2016.


Arbitration & Appeal Rules – the latest version is available online to registered and logged in members.


Non-members can obatin a copy of the Rules for the price of GBP 100.00 plus delievry. To place an order please contact the Federation by tel: +44 (0)20 3773 6200, fax +44 (0)20 7489 4845 or by email:fcc@cocoafederation.com

All FCC contracts are protected by copyright and we are grateful to you for your help in protecting FCC’s intellectual property. Under no circumstances may any of the FCC Contract Rules be copied, transferred, resold or placed on a network without the prior consent of the Federation of Cocoa Commerce Ltd.