ABP’s Port of Ipswich has more than doubled its grain export volumes in the latest harvest season, reporting 500,000t exported from the port in the months of June to November 2019.
This represents more than a twofold increase in tonnage volumes when compared with the figures in 2018, which saw the port export around 200,000t of grain. In addition, the month of October 2019 saw 161,885t of grain exported via the port, representing the highest traffic in 11 years.
The month of October was also strong for ABP customer Clarksons Port Services, which reported record-breaking volumes, having exported 68,809t and beating their previous record held since September 2008 at 64,186t.
Andy Rham, managing director at Clarkson Port Services, said: “We were pleased to work closely with ABP’s Port of Ipswich in order to ensure we had adequate stores and equipment to look after our customers through this extremely busy period. At times we were loading four vessels, using all eight of our conveyors.”
ABP said that October was also very strong for its customer COFCO International. Speaking about the increased volumes, Tim Capey, COFCO International chief operating officer, said: “We were pleased to handle a record tonnage through Ipswich Grain Terminal during the month of October.
"The business handled 140,000t of grain and animal feed, the highest monthly tonnage since the facility opened in 1983. This high level of activity reflects the leading role that COFCO International and Ipswich Grain Terminal play in the food and feed supply chain.”