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Exports and Shipping overview

Our chartering and shipping team work hard to ensure that grain is delivered on time and on specification to our customers, navigating global port requirements and the challenges of a dynamic industry.
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Rail and Road Transport

Rail transport plays a vital part in our ability to get tonnes to port for export efficiently with around 60 per cent of tonnes transported by rail to port. Given the importance of rail to CBH, we have invested significantly in rail assets for the benefit of growers.

Since our initial investment in rail assets in 2011, we now own 28 locomotives and 574 wagons that transport grain from upcountry sites to our Geraldton, Kwinana and Albany Grain Terminals. On average each year, 2,800 trains arrive at these three ports, delivering 7.6 million tonnes of grain.

The rail fleet is dedicated to the most efficient transfer of grain from our country receival points to our four export terminals.

Our rail activities are supported by road transport with approximately million tonnes of grain moved by road to a rail terminal or to our post terminals throughout the year.

Export Terminals

We have a network of offices and storage facilities located across the Western Australian grain growing region with export terminals located in the major regional centres at Geraldton, Kwinana, Albany and Esperance.

1,067,00 tonnes storage capacity
2,000 t/hr maximum outloading capacity

975,500 tonnes storage capacity
5,000 t/hr maximum outloading capacity

474,000 tonnes storage capacity
2,000 t/hr maximum outloading capacity

1,073,000 tonnes storage capacity
2,500 t/hr maximum outloading capacity

Kwinana Grain Terminal

The Kwinana Grain Terminal is Western Australia’s largest grain export facility shipping more than half of the state’s total grain production on average each year.

Prior to 1977, the majority of Western Australian grain was shipped through the North Fremantle Grain Terminal. With the introduction of larger bulk grain carriers, it was necessary to relocate the terminal to deeper waters.

The terminal loaded its first vessel on 5 July 1977 and at the time was the largest port terminal in the world. Standing 74 metres high, it is equipped with machinery to weigh, move and direct grain into and out of the vertical silos. It has 10 elevators with a capacity to move 1,250 tonnes per hour.


We offer freight services to customers so they are able to capitalise on volume. Providing a unique, integrated supply chain from grower to customers with reliable, flexible and professional shipping services, we undertake grain freight of more than six million tonnes each year across 135 vessels.

We handle handysize to post-Panamax vessel shipments from Australia, United States, Canada, South America and Europe to key grain markets in Asia, Europe, Central America and the Middle East.

Australian Bulk Stevedoring, a wholly owned CBH subsidiary, provides stevedoring services to exporters from our grain ports.

Exports and shipping services