July 1, 2008


West Australia's CBH unveils grain management plan


Western Australia state's grain marketing and logistics concern Cooperative Bulk Handling Ltd. unveiled its Grain Express system to manage logistics and sales in the state under deregulated bulk wheat export arrangements.


CBH's system aims to streamline logistics management of dozens of grades of grains, pulses and oilseeds in the 200 upcountry storage centres and four coastal export terminals operated by CBH in the state, Chief Executive Imre Mencshelyi said.


The new system allows marketers to access and post marketing options and prices at all CBH sites, offering growers a full suite of marketing choices, improved transport utilization and ensuring continued investment in the transport network, he said in a statement.


From Tuesday, Australia's bulk wheat export arrangements are to be deregulated in a move that could see 10 or more Australian grain companies and global commodity trading concerns apply for accreditation as bulk exporters and use CBH's network, increasing the pressure on what is the only grain storage and handling system in the state.


Grain Express will provide marketers with improved services such as direct control over buying activities, more efficient cargo accumulation and simplified costs, Mencshelyi said.


The packaging of the services will include freight, which will guarantee the volume of grain transported on the rail network is maximised, he said.


"Grain Express provides the solution to many logistical challenges presented by a fully deregulated market," he added.


At its peak in 2003, Western Australian winter grains production reached 16.7 million tonnes, or almost 40 percent of national output. Of this, 11.1 million tonnes was wheat - or about 10 percent of global traded supply, making the state an important supplier in the global trade.


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