Marketing is an independent core business of BHP Billiton. It is the link between BHP Billiton’s global operations and our global customers.
It’s how we take our iron ore mined in Australia and sell it to customers in China to make steel. It’s how we connect a fabricator in Japan with copper cathode from our Chilean operations and how we pump oil in the Gulf of Mexico to fuel US transport.
Our Marketing business adds value by understanding our customers’ needs and connecting them with the right product, working with the assets to maximise the value of upstream resources, optimising freight and distribution costs and ensuring the Company-wide view of commodity markets is well informed and insightful. This allows the assets to focus on safety, production and cost, while Marketing focuses on optimising realised prices and sales outcomes.
For more information on our Marketing business, read our 2016 Annual Report.