Frontier Agriculture has revealed that it has shipped 60,000 tonnes of grain from Aberdeen and Peterhead since mid November. This consisted of 17 separate shipments of barley and oilseed rape.
Many of the cargoes were loaded during December and January during extremely difficult weather conditions, with snow and ice hindering movements.
Ian Keith, Barley Trader for Frontier explains, 'We work very hard to find the right markets for our farmers' grain but we wouldn't have been able to achieve the export levels we're disclosing today if it weren't for the support we have had from our customers, as well as the excellent service provided by our hauliers. As a result of this joint effort, all of these shipments were loaded within the planned timescales.'
Most of the oilseed rape being exported was destined for Cargill's crush plant in Antwerp. Some of the barley went to regular markets such as Spain and Ireland, although a number of cargoes went to trans-shipment ports like Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Hamburg for loading onto Panamax trans-continental vessels.