Grain shipments hit 400,000 tonnes

Exports of grain by agricultural merchants have approached 400,000 tonnes as the latest shipment was loaded at Immingham.The cargo of milling wheat for Morocco follows shipments from other east coast ports including King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft since harvest.

Exports of grain by agricultural merchants have approached 400,000 tonnes as the latest shipment was loaded at Immingham.

The cargo of milling wheat for Morocco follows shipments from other east coast ports including King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft since harvest.

“The MV Ros shipment is a good example of the reasons behind our continuing export success,” said David Sheppard, managing director of Gleadell Agriculture.

“The business was done in partnership with our joint shareholders Union InVivo, who identified a market for milling wheat at a particular specification, and we were able to fulfill it with wheat from farms in Lincolnshire and surrounding regions.”

“This marketing success has been repeated round the country with shipments out of Immingham, Grimsby, King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Ipswich, Tilbury, Chatham, Dover, Southampton and Avonmouth to give our farmer customers good access to export markets.

“So far this season we have loaded ships ranging from 2,500mt at the smaller ports to three consecutive 25,000mt boats out of Immingham in November and December.

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“The total has been made up of feed wheat, feed barley, milling wheat, export bread wheat, human consumption beans, feed beans, oilseed rape - and malting barley out of our new facility at Southampton.

“Prospects for exports in the coming months are good and we are poised to keep up the export impetus well into the spring,” adds Mr Sheppard.