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Derek Sliworsky

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Email: d***@***.sg
Local Address: Singapore
Prima Group

Employment History


  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree , Soil Science
    University of Manitoba
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"We don't know what's going on ..., 3 Dec 2014 [cached]
"We don't know what's going on in the system here," said Prima advisor Derek Sliworsky in Winnipeg.
Not all Canadian wheat shipments suffer from poor quality, he said, but "we don't have these problems from other origins. Prima buys between 500,000 and one million tonnes of Canadian wheat a year to produce flour at its mills in Singapore, Sri Lanka and China.
Problems have grown since 2012, when Ottawa stripped the Canadian Wheat Board of its centralized role in marketing wheat, said Sliworsky, who used to work for the Wheat Board. The following year, Ottawa cut one-third of the workforce of the Canadian Grain Commission, the agency responsible for quality.
But since the single desk has ..., 30 Oct 2014 [cached]
But since the single desk has ended, there have been challenges with purchasing Canadian wheat, causing some companies to reduce the amount they are buying, Derek Sliworsky of Prima Group, Agriway PTE Ltd. told the Cereals 2014 conference in Winnipeg. Sliworsky was also previously the manager of the CWB's Japan office.
Prima Group owns milling facilities in China, Sri Lanka and Singapore. At one point the Sri Lanka mill purchased all of its wheat for the year from Canada. But, all three locations have seen a decline in Canadian wheat imports since the end of the single-desk on August 1, 2012, Sliworsky said.
One of the biggest challenges in buying wheat from Canada has been shipping times, as some ships they ordered since 2012 were waiting at ports for up to 40 to 50 days. It's a problem for buyers because it's almost impossible for them to predict when the cargoes of Canadian wheat will arrive.
Sliworsky added that it's very difficult for a buyer to not know when they will get their wheat, as it makes them nervous about possibly running out of stock.
One shipment of a special type of wheat for a specific flour product arrived two months too late from Canada, and they were out of stock for a few weeks, he said.
Prima Group has also faced problems with deferring cargoes, noting that it was easy to do with the Canadian Wheat Board in charge. But, sellers now are quoting premiums of two to four dollars per tonne to defer the shipments, even if they give two to three months notice, Sliworsky said.
That used to be common practice when the Canadian Wheat Board was in power, but it no longer happens in the new open market, according to Sliworsky.
Another issue is a lack of sufficient competition in the Canadian marketplace, making it harder for buyers to get the product they want for a good price. Sliworsky said a buyer may only get two or three offers from Canadian sellers, and if many of them are sold out when they need the product, then "they have to start switching the way they are buying."
But, it's not all bad for Canadian wheat, he said, as it is still highly regarded and valued in many Asian markets. The grade variety and integrity is still there, buyers have resources such as Canadian International Grain Institute and the Canadian Grain Commission, and the wheat is cleaner than from some other countries.
An added bonus, he said, is that vessels aren't fumigated, as Canada has a natural competitive advantage of having temperatures below 35 Celicus, which isn't the case with Australia and most of the U.S.
- Canada Wheat Board breakfast seminar August 2004, 1 Aug 2004 [cached]
On Thursday August 26, 2004, CanCham "Pancakes 'n' Maple Syrup Breakfast presentation was "Canadian Wheat, Vietnam and the WTO" and our Guest Speaker was Derek Sliworsky, Marketing Manager for Asia Pacific, Canadian Wheat Board (CWB).
Derek Sliworsky was part of a 5-person delegation (grain, cereal, baking and technology specialists) visiting Vietnam and they kindly agreed to present their knowledge and opportunities to our morning social and business meeting.
Derek said that this is a large market for them, however, they are not yet at the stage where they will set up a rep office for CWB.
Derek also spoke about the WTO and CWB, and here is a very welcome ruling on the CWB from the WTO Board.
"We don't know what's going on ..., 6 Nov 2014 [cached]
"We don't know what's going on in the system here that can create these kind of issues, but hopefully practice makes perfect," said Derek Sliworsky of Singapore-based Prima Group.
Sliworsky, the former CWB representative in Japan, cited an array of problems with Canadian wheat and durum that his company has noticed recently.
The most obvious were long de-lays and uncertainty with how long Canadian grain would take to arrive in 2013-14 because of the rail problems.
One of those delays with a container of specialized wheat prompted his company to switch to another supplier.
"We had to switch our complete grist and then, even though I'm Canadian and I like to buy more Canadian wheat, when I go back to our (production and marketing) guys and say, 'can we switch back,' they'll say, 'can you guarantee the wheat will get here on time next time,' " said Sliworsky.
However, Sliworsky detailed a number of other quality and consistency problems Prima experienced:
Uneven protein levels in "high grade" Canadian wheat. Sliworsky said the Canadian Grain Commission told Prima it had stopped tightly controlling protein variances within large shipments and instead looked only for a "composite" level. Sliworsky said the CGC should have better informed buyers about the change. Large amounts of unwanted peas in a container of high-quality wheat. The buyer found 850 kilograms of peas in a 25-tonne wheat shipment. A shipment of wheat was 375 tonnes short. The unloading company's measures showed wide variability hold-to-hold from the ship. However, the CGC told the company the weights were correct.
"We're just one buyer, so if it happens to us it probably happens to others," said Sliworsky.
He encouraged the Canadian grain industry to investigate why Canada's usually high standards and consistency appear to have suffered recently. He also urged the Canadian industry to promote its wheat better, especially new varieties with high value uses.
"We have other sellers approaching us, particularly from Australia," said Sliworsky. - Local News for Portage La Prairie, MB [cached]
Derek Sliworsky, who's originally from the Dauphin area, is the general manager of the CWB's Tokyo office.
"Being from the prairies, earthquakes are still a little bit new to me, but it felt like I was strapped to the top of a bucking bronco. You couldn't believe that a building could stand such a force like that," he says.
Sliworsky says they believe all the CWB's employees are safe.
"One person was away on a holiday and we haven't been able to contact them. We assume they're safe but just due to the inability to get through on the phone we've been unable to confirm that but given where they were I don't think there will be a problem or an issue," he says.
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