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Ceres receives site certification at BNSF’s Northgate Terminal

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Ceres Global Ag Corp. has announced it has received BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) site certification status at the company's Northgate Terminal.

"The Northgate Terminal is one of only 12 certified sites in North America that have been accepted into the BNSF industrial site certification programme," said Robert Day, President and Chief Executive Officer at Ceres. "The goal of the programme is to identify those sites within BNSF's network with high potential for development of various types of facilities, including business parks, logistics centers and other rail-serviced sites. Northgate's strategic location in southeast Saskatchewan on the Canada/US border, combined with the ability to handle multiple commodities have laid the groundwork for expansion. We consider Northgate one of North America's leading logistics hubs, and with BNSF site certification, we are well equipped to continue to grow our operations there."

In addition to BNSF site certification, the Northgate Terminal has also become certified under the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), a programme managed by US Customs and Border Protection. The CTPAT is a voluntary public-private partnership program meant to strengthen international supply chains.

Day commented: "Receiving CTPAT certification is a significant step for Ceres. It allows for the movement of additional products through Northgate and helps to improve the economics of the terminal. Through certification, we have committed to work with US Customs and Border Protection to protect the supply chain and implement best practices. We are confident that our participation in the CTPAT programme will provide access for both existing and new product lines to a more diverse set of buyers in the US and other countries, and lead to an increase in opportunities for our valued customers."

Ceres procures and provides North American agricultural commodities and value-added products, industrial products, fertiliser, energy products and reliable supply chain logistics services to customers worldwide. Ceres operates five locations: Duluth, Minneapolis, Shakopee, Northgate and Saskatchewan (USA); as well as Port Colborne in Ontario. It is headquartered in Minneapolis. The company’s facilities throughout North America have an aggregate grain and oilseed storage capacity of approximately 29.7 million bushels.

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