Commodity Shipping (GPD Course) l 6-7 September 2022 l Budapest, Hungary

This two-day training course aims to give delegates a comprehensive and detailed view of shipping in the commodities sector.

*The language of this course will be English*

The course is part of the Gafta Professional Development (GDP) programme, which enables trade professionals to advance their career in the industry and take the Trade Diploma and potentially go on to become Gafta arbitrators.


This course is designed to maximise industry networking opportunities and attendees will have a chance to work together in groups as well as attend a drinks reception on the evening of the [date].

Please note: if you have booked for this training course, a complimentary ticket to the networking reception on the 6 September 2022 is included in your booking.

To find out more about the networking reception CLICK HERE.

Topics include:

  • Sales contract and charterparties
  • Bills of lading
  • Time charters
  • Loading
  • Demurrage
  • Laytime


At the end of each GPD course is an exam, which students have up to 1 hour to complete.

The exam is a mixture of multiple choice and free-text questions. There are no essays required within the exam. It is open book, so students can use all their notes and course materials to help them complete it.

Should a student fail, they will get 1 chance to retake, which can be done online. Retakes must be completed within 5 days of the link being issued. Failure to pass the retake means that the student has failed the course and is advised to re-book onto the next date.


Candidates who pass the exam will gain a certificate for the course. There are no certificates of participation/attendance for GPD courses, only for students who pass the exam.

Exam results are usually issued within 1 week of the course.


To view the full programme CLICK HERE

(please note this maybe subject to changes and updates)

Sample Agenda

Day 1   0900 – 1700 | 1700 - 1830
Includes: Networking lunch and drinks
Day 2 0900 – 1700
Includes: Networking lunch

Exam rules

  • Must be completed in silence
  • Maximum of 1 hour to complete
  • Only 1 paper per student
  • Only 1 retake per student


Students discovered conferring during the exam, or papers received which are identified as copies will receive an automatic failing grade for their paper and be required to re-rake the exam.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at trade professionals who:

  • Need to understand the end to end shipping process
  • Attended Gafta’s Trade Foundation Course who want to take their industry training to the next level will also find this course helpful.

Dress code

The dress code for Gafta training is smart-casual. Suits are not required.

Headline Sponsor

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We have over 600 lawyers working across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. We take a progressive approach to our roles in commercial business – thinking creatively and pragmatically to support our clients.

Whether we are solving complex issues within the construction, aviation or shipping industries, or providing advice across insurance, commodities and energy we are specialist lawyers here to add value to our clients. We think about the commercial solution first, and then underpin our advice with a solid foundation of legal expertise.

Entrepreneurial. Creative. Collaborative.


To book for this event, please log in to the website and click the ‘Book’ button at the bottom of this page.

If you aren’t already registered on the Gafta website, please click ‘Register’ above, fill out your details and then email your interest in this event to events@gafta.com.

*This event is open to members and non-members of Gafta*


Member rate Non-Member
£750.00 £1,075.00

Commodity Shipping course

Accommodation special rate start: Monday, September 5, 2022

Accommodation special rate end: Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Last Day to Book: Thursday, July 28, 2022

Book your group rate for the Commodity Shipping Course


Location, other logistical queries & progtammme queries: Megan Smart

Terms & Conditions

Please note: Registration at this event does not include accommodation or travel. Attendees are expected to arrange and meet these costs independently.

We very much regret that, due to the various financial and banking sanctions which have been imposed on Russia (and which are very likely to change at short notice), Gafta is unable to accept payment from, or on behalf of, any entity based in Russia at this time. We cannot, therefore, provide a place on this course for Russian entities at this time.


Matild Palace Hotel,
Budapest, VĂ¡ci u 36, Hungary,

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