Bunge Bunbury Terminal Performing Strongly
Bunge Australia's new grain terminal at Bunbury is now six months into full operation and performing well, having loaded its fourth ship in December 2014, with a cargo of barley destined for China. This momentum has progressed well into the new year with a fifth ship planned for mid-January.
Bunge General Manager Chris Aucote said the terminal was meeting expectations and providing the competitive alternative Western Australian growers had been seeking.
"With our fourth ship dispatched in 2014 that brings our total exports to over 120,000 tonnes of wheat and barley, all destined for countries in Asia and the Middle East", MrAucote said.
"We're on track with where we expected to be by now, due in part to great cooperation from growers and carriers over the six months since loading our first ship in July, with each shipment more efficient and effective than the one before.
"We would like to thank those people who have participated, because it's the whole supply chain, where everyone in the chain is part of making it work, from the farm right into the ship's hold. The enthusiasm for this new style of terminal in Western Australia is very strong, which has been very encouraging.
"For the grower it's about a combination of grain price and the cost of getting their grain from farm right through into the ship for the best net return, so we have set up in a way to make that possible.
"A grower using their own transport equipment, bringing the right grain in when we need it to assemble a cargo, means we work closely with those people whose grain we are exporting.
"We are now moving into a time when growers are purchasing lime and fertiliser. Through the storage of grain on farm and delivering to Bunge at Bunbury, the two-way freight they are utilising will reduce growers' transport costs significantly.
"As we move into 2015 we will continue to work with our suppliers and carriers to enhance the terminal's operations, along with the country network that feeds into Bunbury.
"It was a great start for us in 2014, we've learnt a lot and we look forward to growing the business in 2015," MrAucote said.