CBH Group operations manager David Capper has credited the WA company’s responsive supply chain with record shipping and rail figures over the past 12 months.
The WA grain handler shipped 15.01 million tonnes in the 12 months ending September 30, 2017. 8.65 million tonnes of that was transported by rail.
Both figures were new record marks: CBH’s previous shipping record of 13.88 million tonnes, and rail record of 8.53 million tonnes, were each achieved in the 2013/14 season.
“These new records would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment by our regional port teams,” Capper said on October 12.
“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.”
Capper said more than half of the volume shipped – just over 9.8 million tonnes – was exported between January and June 2017, “demonstrating CBH’s supply chain’s 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,” he added.
Capper said the decision to invest in new rail infrastructure had helped the company increase volumes, while also minimising the cost of getting growers’ grain to market through reduced freight rates.
“We are always looking to provide real value to our growers. Through our Network Strategy, we’ll be focused on delivering an efficient and optimal supply chain from paddock to port to help our growers compete in the global market,” he concluded.