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GrainCorp Ltd has reached agreement with transport and logistics company QR for the provision of main line trains to service its Queensland export grain port terminals.
The contract with QR's bulk freight subsidiary, Australian Railroad Group (ARG), secures three trains for the terminals at Mackay, Gladstone, and Fisherman Islands for a period of three years.
One train will service the Mackay and Gladstone terminals and the two others will service Fisherman Islands.
GrainCorp will be responsible for deployment of rail assets and the coordination of the freight task for the contracted trains.
"Our agreement with ARG underpins a significant percentage of the transport requirement for Queensland grain exports," GrainCorp managing director Mark Irwin said in a statement on Thursday.
"This provides certainty for growers at a critical time."
GrainCorp general manager of storage and logistics Bruce Griffin said weekly rail capacity between Toowoomba and Brisbane will increase by 50 per cent, providing a much needed boost in haulage capacity for the southern Queensland grains industry.
© 2009 AAP
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