Sunday 28th Feb, 2021

Viterra doubles size of grain shipment due to high demand

Agricultural company Viterra is introducing dynamic binning for barley across its network in preparation for the 2019/20 harvest. demand.
Photo: Viterra

Viterra has loaded its single largest rail outturn in response to strong domestic and international demand for grain.

The 100-wagon train was loaded with barley and is headed for interstate feedlots.

A further six domestic-bound trains have been loaded from central South Australian sites with barley, wheat and canola.

All six of Viterra’s port terminals in SA are loading vessels over March and April with grain for a range of domestic and export markets.

The business is also continuing to outturn by road to 85 end use destinations across Australia.

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Viterra Operations Manager Michael Hill says it’s the first time Viterra has loaded a 100-wagon train to service interstate demand, effectively doubling the size of a typical rail movement.

“It reflects the fast rate that South Australian grain is moving and the strong demand both domestically and internationally,” Hill says.

“We have around 40 buyers in the Viterra system purchasing grain for the domestic and export market, and we’ve seen a significant increase in shipping and rail outturns compared to this time last year.

“We’ve outturned close to two million tonnes since harvest started in October, around 1.2 million tonnes of which has been shipped.”

Hill said it was a huge positive to see grain from SA in such high demand, with a number of buyers in the system sourcing grain from the state for the first time.

“We’re also continuing to service strong export demand, outturning grain by vessels through our port terminals to various international buyers and markets,” he said.