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Best year on record for CBH supply chain

The CBH Group has achieved its best shipping performance in its 90-year history, outturning more than 21.9 million tonnes out of the supply chain in 12 months.

Between 1 October 2022 and 30 September 2023, CBH shipped 19.7 million tonnes from its four export terminals, 1.7 million tonnes in domestic outturns, and 560,000 tonnes of container and other outturns.

CBH set nine new monthly state-wide shipping records over the year. Breaking this achievement down by port zone:

- Albany shipped 4.1 million tonnes and broke seven monthly records in the year

- Esperance shipped 3.5 million tonnes and broke three monthly records in the year

- Geraldton shipped 3.5 million tonnes and broke two monthly records

- Kwinana shipped 8.7 million and broke ten monthly records in the year.

Over 10.9 million tonnes were moved on rail for the 12-month period, setting ten new monthly records for rail movements.

Road movements for the year were 11.4 million tonnes and resulted in seven new monthly records. Roads moved to port (including depots) was 8.3 million tonnes and set an impressive nine new monthly records.

CBH Group Chief Operations Officer Mick Daw said this was huge achievement for everyone across the co-operative that demonstrates the resilience and determination of those working in the supply chain.

“I want to thank all of our employees, contractors and growers for the role they played in delivering this result safely and demonstrating our ability to rise to the challenge. 

“It is important to recognise the extraordinary lengths that everyone has gone to, to keep grain moving through the system. This feat has never been achieved in our co-operative’s 90-year history and deserves to be celebrated.

“Most importantly, this was achieved safely. While harvest was challenging, an increased focus on field leadership through the back end of the year saw a solid decrease in the number of injuries.”

“This milestone demonstrates the hard work and effort across the supply chain to build a solid foundation for the CBH Strategy and reach our end goal of 3 million tonnes by 2033.”

The record-breaking supply chain performance has reduced CBH’s carryover to 5.5 million tonnes at 30 September 2023. With sustained supply chain performance throughout October, CBH is aiming to reduce this further to 4 million tonnes at the start of November 2023.