GrainCorp has loaded the biggest single shipment of grain on record at the Port of Brisbane.
Just over 66,000 tonnes of sorghum sourced from southern Queensland was loaded onto a bulk carrier at the end of May, in GrainCorp’s largest individual pour.
Brisbane GrainCorp Terminal Manager, Josh Connell said the shipment was an exciting milestone for grain growers in Queensland.
“The shipment is GrainCorp’s largest sorghum vessel we’ve loaded in Brisbane and is certainly our biggest individual pour,” he said.
“The record breaking shipment is indicative of the high volumes of sorghum produced nationally this year, with majority destined for the Chinese market.”
The grain will be used in China for stock food, or to make cereal and alcohol.
PBPL General Manager Trade Services, Peter Keyte said the Port of Brisbane has seen recent improvement in its major agricultural export commodities, despite devastating drought conditions in Queensland.
“With ongoing demand from China and the softening of the Australian dollar, we’ve seen good volumes in commodities including grains, chickpeas and beef through the Port.
“With this global demand for Australia’s agricultural resources rapidly expanding, the agricultural sector presents a significant future economic opportunity for Queensland.
“Our ability to capitalise will require the support of an efficient, effective export logistics chain to ensure product has the capacity to get to market.
“We are currently working with stakeholders on a sustainable balanced modal solution, which includes the development of dedicated freight rail infrastructure from Queensland’s agricultural regions to the Port of Brisbane.
“Securing a freight balance will significantly enhance the growth opportunities in this sector, lower costs to exporters, increase productivity, while delivering liveable, sustainable cities and regions throughout Queensland,” Mr Keyte said.
Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, (2015). GrainCorp loads record shipment. Port of Brisbane News. [online] Available at: http://www.portbris.com.au/news-media/item/?release=/News-and-Media/GrainCorp-loads-record-shipment [Accessed 17 Jul. 2015].