Australia’s benchmark-setting 59 Mt 2016-17 grain harvest has propelled it to yet more records at Western Australian handler and marketer CBH Group.
CBH said it has moved the most grain by rail and ship over a 12-month period in its history, with a total of 15.01 Mt shipped from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017 through its four port terminals in Geraldton, Kwinana, Albany and Esperance. This includes the monthly record of 1.89 Mt in January 2017.
The previous shipping record of 13.88 Mt was achieved in 2013-14.
There were record rail movements, with a total of 8.65 Mt moved in the same period, beating the previous high of 8.53 Mt recorded in the 2013-14 harvest. A new monthly record of 964,832t was set in March 2017.
David Capper, general manager operations, said work on optimising supply chains and shipping volumes over recent years had enabled CBH to manage the massive harvest efficiently.
“More than half of the amount shipped, just over 9.8 Mt, was exported between January and June 2017, demonstrating CBH’s supply chains capacity to respond to global demand,” he said. “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.”
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.