Commodity Shipping (GPD Course) | 28-29 April 2020 | Odessa, Ukraine

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 28 April 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

Course timings - please assume that the course will run from 9am-5pm each day


To view the full programme CLICK HERE.

(please note that this might be subject to changes and updates)


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.

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

 173 Clyde and Co

Clyde & Co is a leading international law firm with a pre-eminent reputation in all aspects of international trade and commodities. With 1,800 lawyers operating from over 50 offices and associated offices across six continents, we provide advice and guidance on international trade across the globe.


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 Rate
Standard £750.00 £1,075.00


Location & other logistical queries: Megan Smart
Programme queries: Cairo Okba

Terms & Conditions

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



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