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The CBH Group has smashed WA shipping and rail records for the biggest amount of grain moved over a 12-month period.
A total of 15.01 million tonnes was shipped by the co-operative between October 1 last year and September 30 through the group’s four port terminals in Geraldton, Kwinana, Albany and Esperance.
The haul included the monthly record of 1.89 million tonnes in January.
The previous shipping record of 13.88mt was in 2013-14.
There were record rail movements, with 8.65mt moved in the same period, beating the previous high of 8.53mt recorded in the 2013-14 harvest. A new monthly record of 964,832t was set in March 2017.
CBH general manager operations David Capper said the records were driven by the bumper 2016-17 harvest and the ability of the co-operative’s supply chain to meet the high volumes.
“These new records would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment by our regional and port teams,” Mr Capper said.
“We have been working on optimising our shipping volumes for the past few years, and it is great to see our focus in this key piece of the supply chain resulting in a new all-time record.
“More than half of the amount shipped, just over 9.8 million tonnes, was exported between January and June 2017, demonstrating CBH’s supply chains capacity to respond to global demand.
“It also proves that our strategy to continue to increase total tonnages available through our shipping system and better berth utilisation is capable of handling high volumes.”
Mr Capper said the decision to invest in new rail infrastructure in 2012 had helped CBH to manage increasing volumes while minimising the cost of getting growers’ grain to market through reduced freight rates.
This article first appeared on thewest.com.au
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