08:30-09:45 – Registration of participants, morning coffee

09:45-10:00Official opening of the conference. Welcoming speech of Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine for European Integration


10:00-12:00 – Panel discussion "Grain exports from Ukraine: prospects and challenges of the season-2017/18"

Moderator – Mykola Gorbachev, President at the Ukrainian Grain Association


Discussion topics:

– Agrarian policy of Ukraine and its impact on development of the export grain trade. Prospective sales markets for Ukrainian grains, extension of the geography, and range of supplied cargoes

– Troubled countries for grain supplies from Ukraine

– Problems of grain exports related to its phytosanitary condition and qualitative parameters

– Agro-logistics and grain exports: obstacle movement

– Automated system of Ukrzaliznytsia for distribution of grain rail cars: effectiveness & performance features

– Grain logistics: role of ports and the effects on the Ukrainian economy





– representative of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Vadim Tchaikovsky, Deputy Head of the plant quarantine department, State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection

Vladyslav Sedyk, President at the Phytosanitary Association of Ukraine

Oleg Burlachenko, General Director, Transport-forwarding company Vertical LLC

Alexei Malakhov, Deputy Director of the branch Center for Transport Logistics

Oleg Nivievskyi, Agricultural policy adviser, World Bank Group


12:00-12:30 – Coffee-break


12:30-14:10 – Session 1. Global trends of the grain season-2017/18

Moderator – Rodion Rybchinskiy, Head of Business project unit, APK-Inform Agency


12:30-12:50 – Development of the global and European grain markets in 2017/18 MY

Natalya Skuratovich, Senior trader on agricultural products, Raiffeisen Waren-Zentrale Rhein-Main (RWZ, Germany)

12:50-13:10 – Trade policy of the key players of the global grain market

Ekaterina Krivonos, Economist, FAO of the United Nations

13:10-13:30 – Ukrainian grain market in 2017/18 MY: first results of the export season, Ukrainian features

Andrei Kupchenko, Grain market analyst, APK-Inform Agency

13:30-13:50 – Prospects of development of the Russian grain market in terms of a record harvest-2017/18

Igor Pavensky, Director of strategic marketing and corporate communications department, Rusagrotrans JSC

13:50-14:10 – Position of Ukraine on the global grain market in terms of the increasing competition rates with Russia

Andrei Druzyaka, Grain market expert


15:10-15:15 – Lunch 

15:15-16:00 – Session 2. Price risk management in grain exports

Moderator – Alexandre Bobylov, Commodity trading and risk management, Linhope Commodities

– New trends in price risk management: usage of wheat futures based on Platts price indices

Jeffry Kuijpers, Executive director, agricultural commodities, CME Group

– Usage of derivatives in export contracts to optimize the pricing mechanism: methods and principles

Alexandre Bobylov, Commodity trading and risk management, Linhope Commodities


16:00-18:00 – Session 3. Current issues of grain maritime transportation – 2017

Moderator – Arthur Nitsevych, Partner, lawyer, Interlegal, International law offices, Member of LMAA and SCMA, FNI

– Work of Ukrainian ports in the season-2017/18 - volumes, development, legislative reforms

Volodymyr Shemayev, Head of Strategic Planning, Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA)

– Market of Panamaxes in the Black Sea region

Vitaliy Smilyk, Aquavita International

– How long will we ship grain cargoes in the region by river-sea navigation vessels?

Alex Tarazanov, Soylu Shipping S.A.

– Recommendations for vessels chartering in a new season

Alex Sysoev, Interlegal, International law offices

– Charterers liability insurance

Dan Zhivotovskiy, Marine Services Group

– Features of grain shipment from the Azov Sea ports

Anton Shapran, Maritime Logistics

– When someone is wrong in the commercial dispute, and the cargo at sea: how to save a product, money, relationships

Andrey Perepelitsa, Senior lawyer, ACIArb, Interlegal, International law offices

– Logistics in the Dnieper-Danube-Black Sea basin

Volodymyr Kozakevich, AP Marine


18:00-20:00 – Summing up the conference work. Evening cocktail party