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Grain export volumes double at Port of Ipswich

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ABP’s Port of Ipswich has more than doubled its grain export volumes this harvest season, reporting 500 000 t exported from the port between June - November 2019.

This represents more than a twofold increase in tonnage volumes when compared with the figures in 2018, which saw the port export around 200 000 t of grain. In addition, October 2019 saw 161 885 t of grain exported via the port, representing the highest traffic in 11 years.

October was also a strong month for Clarkson Port Services, a customer of ABP, who reported having exported 68 809 t and beating their previous record held since September 2008 at 64 186 t.

Andy Rham, Managing Director at Clarkson Port Services, said: “We were pleased to work closely with ABP’s Port of Ipswich in order to ensure we had adequate stores and equipment to look after our customers through this extremely busy period.”

October was also a strong month for COFCO International, another customer of ABP. Speaking about the increased volumes, Tim Capey, COFCO International Chief Operating Officer, said: “We were pleased to handle a record tonnage through Ipswich Grain Terminal during the month of October. The business handled 140 000 t of grain and animal feed, the highest monthly tonnage since the facility opened in 1983.”

Together with ABP’s other port in East Anglia, Ipswich handles over 2 million t of agribulks annually and helps to support the regional economy.

ABP Divisional Port Manager in East Anglia, Paul Ager, said: “We would like to thank our customers for working with us to ensure smooth operations at the port during the busy harvest season. We have been investing in expanding storage capacity at the port to meet the requirements of the agricultural sector, with more developments currently under way, which will be unveiled in 2020.

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