SA grain finds more international markets

More than 3.5 million tonnes of new season grain from SA growers has found its way to international markets, through the Viterra network.

A Viterra ship loading at Port Giles recently.

More than 3.5 million tonnes of new season grain from SA growers has found its way to international markets, through the Viterra network.

That equates to 750,000t each month since December.

Viterra chief operations officer - Australia James Murray said the strong demand for new season grain from the Viterra network was reflected in a bumper shipping program, increased number of destinations and more exporters compared with previous years.

"Our focus is connecting growers with buyers and international markets, so it's fantastic that we are able to provide growers with access to even more destinations," he said.

Two new export markets have emerged this year with South Australian malting barley recently shipped to Peru and Ecuador.

Durum wheat headed to Algeria for the first time in five years, while wheat has been sent to Korea.

"We also have an increased number of exporters as well," Mr Murray said.

"Among the 40 buyers in our network, 13 are exporters sending grain globally."

Exporter Commex International has recently transitioned to the bulk export market utilising Viterra's supply chain to load its first bulk cargo with faba beans.

"We're working closely with each of our customers to adapt to their needs in a complex and challenging environment so they continue to source South Australian grain from our network," Mr Murray said.

"The huge benefit of this for growers who deliver to Viterra, is they have a great deal of choice and flexibility when it comes to selling their grain and working with different buyers."

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Across Viterra's six terminals, wheat, barley, faba beans, lentils, and canola have all headed offshore.

Viterra's Port Lincoln terminal has reached its 1mt milestone, with Outer Harbor expected to achieve the same later this month.

"It's a significant achievement to be reaching these high volumes and most importantly, doing it safely and efficiently," Mr Murray said.

"We are continuing to work closely with our buyer and grower customers during this solid shipping programme, and planning for the next harvest, to create added value wherever we can."

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