Warehouse Receipt


A warehouse receipt is a document that provides proof of ownership of commodities that are stored in a warehouse, vault, or depository for safekeeping.

Warehouse Receipt

What is ‘Warehouse Receipt’

A receipt used in futures markets to guarantee the quantity and quality of a particular commodity being stored within an approved facility.

Explaining ‘Warehouse Receipt’

Rather than delivering the actual commodity, warehouse receipts are used to settle expiring futures contracts. Also referred to as a vault receipt, they are most often used when settling futures contracts that have precious metals as their underlying commodities.

Further Reading

  • The role of warehouse receipt systems in enhanced commodity marketing and rural livelihoods in Africa – www.sciencedirect.com [PDF]
  • Warehouse receipt financing for smallholders in developing countries: Challenges and limitations – onlinelibrary.wiley.com [PDF]
  • Improving smallholder farmers access to finance through warehouse receipt system in Tanzania – repository.udom.ac.tz [PDF]
  • Importance of public warehouse system for financing agribusiness sector – ageconsearch.umn.edu [PDF]
  • Electronic warehouse receipts registry as a step from paper to electronic warehouse receipts – www.ea.bg.ac.rs [PDF]