While West Australia’s largest grain handler has broken the state shipping record for the month of April with 1.6 million tonnes moved, local zone exports are well ahead of schedule.
CBH Group’s Esperance zone manager Mick Daw said he was pleased with how local exports were tracking.
He said while April wasn’t a record month for exports out of Esperance, the zone had broken shipping records in February and January.
So far 1.7 million tonnes, of the zone’s harvest total of 2.6 million tonnes, has been shipped.
Mr Daw said the zone had made a habit of breaking records this year, pointing to the record intake seen across receival sites during the 2016/17 harvest.
He also attributed the shipping success to demand from the current market conditions.
Mr Daw estimated there was still 970,000 tonnes to be shipped and predicted minor carry over for the upcoming harvest.
The cooperative’s success in April follows the largest ever amount of grain being shipped over a one month period when January’s shipping volumes broke through 1.8 million tonnes.
CBH operations general manager David Capper, said the successive records demonstrated the ability of the supply chain to respond to a record harvest.
“Without the appropriate infrastructure and dedication of our regional and port teams we wouldn’t be able to consistently break records,” Mr Capper said.
“So far we’ve exported around 62 per cent of the record 16.6 million tonne crop brought in during last harvest, not accounting for domestic outturns.
“We’re pleased to be able to reach these milestones while combating challenges such as flooding in February which impacted our road and rail capacity during February and March.”