CBH in uncharted territory with grain logistics stats
The CBH Group says it has set a Western Australian shipping and rail records for the largest amount of grain moved by the co-operative over a 12-month period.
A total of 15.01 million tonnes was shipped from October 1, 2016 to September 30 through CBH’s four port terminals in Geraldton, Kwinana, Albany and Esperance. This includes the monthly record of 1.89 million tonnes in January.
There were record rail movements with a total of 8.65 million tonnes moved in the same period, beating the previous high of 8.53 million tonnes in 2013-14.
The annual records were driven by the bumper 2016-17 harvest and “the ability of the co- operative’s supply chain to meet the high volumes”, CBH GM operations David Capper says.
“More than half of the amount shipped, just over 9.8 million tonnes, 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.”
New rail infrastructure investment in 2012 had helped CBH to manage increasing volumes while minimising the cost of getting growers’ grain to market through reduced freight rates.