12/10/2017 - 13:17

CBH in grain movement record

12/10/2017 - 13:17

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West Perth-based CBH Group hit new records for grain shipments and rail movements in the 12 months to the end of September, the cooperative said today.

CBH in grain movement record
CBH Group is the state's largest grain handler.

West Perth-based CBH Group hit new records for grain shipments and rail movements in the 12 months to the end of September, the cooperative said today.

The handler shipped 15 million tonnes in that time period from the ports of Geraldton, Kwinana, Esperance and Albany.

That was more than 1mt higher than the previous record, in 2014.

Rail movements amounted to 8.7mt, about 140,000 tonnes higher than in 2014, which had also been the previous record.

CBH Group general manager operations David Capper said a large harvest had driven higher grain volumes.

“These new records would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment by our regional and port teams,” he 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 9.8mt, 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.”

The company has undertaken significant investment into the handling network in recent years, with up to $750 million being spent in a five-year program.

That would halve the number of receival sites for grain and improve storage so exports would be supplied onto the market at times of highest demand.

Network throughput capacity is now around 18mt.

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