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Rail companies from all over the world are lining up for the chance to move WA's grain by rail.
In a major policy shift, the Cooperative Bulk Handling Group will call for interested parties to bid, but CBH itself may end up deciding to invest in locos and rolling stock.
Current arrangements will remain in place this year, with ARG or the Australian Rail Group continuing to provide the trains for grain freight.
CBH's Michael Musgrave is overseeing the tender process for next year and he says companies from all over the world are showing interest.
"We've had strong interest from about 20 rail companies; right now we're going through the phase of working out how feasible and how interested they are."
"They've all got different models - some of them prefer to run their own loco's and wagons, others prefer for the customer to finance or own the loco's and wagons."
Mr Musgrave says CBH is trying to clarify if the owners of ARG are putting the assets of that company up for sale.
If that rolling stock becomes available, he says, CBH will be investigating whether or not it would be feasible to buy them.
CBH is also looking into the costs of constructing new equipment.
"With freight rates going up so much in the last few years, it's really given an opportunity to provide rail services in a new way."
"Certainly in the equipment there's an opportunity to build more lightweight, modern equipment that can carry more grain and there's also opportunities in terms of the scheduling and the labour arrangement of the way rail has performed in this state."
"We think there's a real need for innovation and we'd really like to see that come about."
Mr Musgrave says CBH is still waiting for the Transport Minister to release the report of the Strategic Grain Network Report, due at the end of the year, but says in the meantime, the group can keep working on the tender documents.
He says there is also significant competitive pressure on the company to improve its capacity in the face of potential competition from other logistics providers.
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