From Rotterdam to Vietnam, Australian grains and oilseeds are shipped across the globe.
We say it often, because it’s true: Australia’s agriculture exports are sought around the world because of their peerless quality.
The process from farm to port to final delivery is a considerable team effort of massive scale, considering some routes take the Australian farmers’ grains and oilseeds on a near 25,000-kilometre sea voyage.
On the other side of the world is a customer whose expectation is farm-fresh commodities, so the quality controls required of growers, supply chains and ports are immense.
It’s fair to say that almost every day, somewhere in the world, there’s a GrainCorp ship on the water.
The month of November 2023 was a busy one at ports around the country.
Take Australian canola for example – often referred to as ‘black gold’ – which has been loading onto vessels at each side of the continent.
The MV Yasa Tulip took on approximately 33,000 tonnes at our picturesque site at Portland, Victoria, and took it to Yokkaichi Port, located at the center of the Japanese archipelago.
At the Kwinana Port in Western Australia, MV BBG MUARA recently loaded 65,000 tonnes of canola seed as it prepared for the 17-day voyage to the Middle East.
It’s worth noting that Japan and the Middle East are two markets where Australian canola seed has gained significant market share from Canada in the past two years.
Vietnam is a fast-developing country with a rising middle class, which brings changes in dietary preferences and demand for increasingly sophisticated retail food products.
So it’s no surprise that Australia has become an important source of quality commodities for the nation, and loading the MV Maple Wisdom with 62,000 tonnes of wheat at our Geelong port in Victoria fits that pattern.
It’s just landed in Phu My port, 60km south-east of the capital, Ho Chi Minh City, where it will be discharged of milling-grade wheat for our regular Vietnamese buyers.
Once milled, the wheat will be used in production of breads, baguettes, instant noodles and confectionary.
The MV EVA Sunrise was filled with 33,000 tonnes of sorghum at our Gladstone Port in north Queensland and recently landed in Shanghai, China.
What’s not widely known about sorghum is that it’s used in the distilling of Chinese Baijiu, a clear liquor.
A typical batch comes in at between 35% and 60% alcohol by volume, the highest volume spirit consumed around the world.
And back at the port in Geelong, VIC, the MV EMMY (pictured, in the video above) recently docked to load 60,000 tonnes of malt and feed grade barley to take to a port in Dalian, a major sub-provincial port city in the Liaoning province of China.
It’s fair to say that across the global landscape, Australian grain continues to set the bar for quality, while our supply chains set the pace.