EBOTA was conceived in 2008 in response to the introduction of REACH in Europe.

Representatives from Morgan Stanley, Trafigura, Mercuria, Noble and Vitol wished to create an association through which REACH authorities to engage with the oil trading industry. Holman Fenwick Willan LLP (HFW) was brought in to provide an independent Secretariat and draft Anti-Trust Guidelines as well as the association's Rules and Membership Application Procedures.

The focus of EBOTA has broadened to engage in any activities with respect to matters of mutual interest relating primarily to European Bulk Oil Trading 

At present, there are three Working Groups: REACH, RED & Sustainability and ADN (European Barge Market).  Links to more information on each of the Working Groups can be found to the right of this page.