More shipments from Bunge

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Jenne BrammerThe West Australian
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Bunge Australia's new grain terminal at Bunbury is loading its fifth shipment of grain - 50,000 tonnes of wheat which is set to depart for Asia this week.

The latest shipment is in addition to 120,000 tonnes of wheat and barley, exported on four vessels to countries in Asia and the Middle East, since July 2014.

Bunge general manager Chris Aucote said six months after the departure of the first ship, the WA terminal was on track in terms of expectations.

He said all participants in the supply chain - from the farm through the ship's hold - had contributed to the early success.

"For the grower, it's a combination of grain price and the cost of getting their grain from the farm through to the ship for the best net return," Mr Aucote said.

"A grower using their own transport equipment, bringing the right grain in when we need it to assemble a cargo, means we work closely with those people whose grain we are exporting."

Moving into the time of year when farmers start buying lime and fertiliser, Mr Aucote said through storing grain on farm and delivering to the Bunbury terminal, transport costs could be reduced significantly by using two-way freight.

He said in the coming months Bunge would review its operations to determine what was needed to help further improve and enhance its service.

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