19/09/2014 - 15:03

Bunge opens $40m facility

19/09/2014 - 15:03

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International agribusiness giant Bunge has officially opened its new grain export terminal in Bunbury.

Bunge opens $40m facility
WA exports a significant portion of its grain production.

International agribusiness giant Bunge has officially opened its new grain export terminal in Bunbury.

The $40 million facility reportedly has export permits of up to half a million tonnes annually, and will work as part of subsidiary Bunge Australia.

The Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA Grain Growers chairman John Snooke said the opening marked a new era in the state’s grain exports.

“The completion of Bunge's state of the art facility will allow farmers to choose, for the first time in over 80 years, a new pathway to port for their export grain,” Mr Snooke said.

“The new facility is set to make Bunbury into a major centre for grain exports, and provides the opportunity for farmers and transport operators to combine their logistical knowledge to coordinate grain movements to port in the least cost pathway.

“This alternative pathway, which combines on farm storage with a high input port for specified shipments of grain, will not only give farmers the opportunity to improve their farm gate returns with competitive freight services, but will also help to avoid future backlogs and congestion due to tonnage increases throughout the Wheatbelt, especially in the Kwinana Zone.”

He said the commitment to the local grain industry had been welcomed by the state and federal governments.

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