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First domestic train bound for east coast

27 September 2018

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Glencore Agriculture has outturned their first train for the season this week to meet strong domestic demand from the east coast.

The train was loaded at Viterra’s Tailem Bend site and will arrive in Moree, New South Wales on Friday to provide 2800 tonnes of feed barley to areas affected by dry conditions.

Glencore Agriculture grain merchant David Wood says more grain is expected to be headed in the same direction amid continuing poor seasonal conditions.

“Managing the logistics of grain domestically is a key focus this harvest. It is important that we are getting grain to the right place at the right time, safely and efficiently,” says David.

“We are working closely with many end users to meet shortages using the most efficient mode of transport. Rail, road, and coastal vessels are being used to move grain across and around the country.”

Viterra Group Operations Manager Michael Hill says Viterra is facilitating outturns to help meet growers’ needs.

“We have removed Export Select status for both rail and road movements at key sites to allow the outturn of grain locally and make it easier for buyers to deliver grain to Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland,” says Michael.

“The strong domestic requirement from the east coast means that pricing through the network is not typical of traditional port based pricing less the cost of freight to port.

“Growers are strongly encouraged to look at individual site based pricing at sites strategically located for domestic movements to take advantage of potential higher prices.”

Growers can speak to buyers and brokers to seek the best available site based pricing and information.