Farmers in the South East now have a new market for their grain, following the re-opening of an export facility at Rye, Sussex.
Virtually mothballed for many years, the port has been overhauled and expanded, and recently loaded 2000t of Cordiale milling wheat for Gleadell Agriculture.
“After refurbishment and investment – including a brand new grain store for Gleadell’s exclusive use – we have just loaded the first of many cargoes in our new export programme from Rye,” said Marc Rogerson, trading manager at Gleadell.
“The port has not been used for regular grain cargoes for quite a few years, so our programme will give an additional outlet for the farmer customers of our southern office.”
The MV Shetland Trader was destined for Scotland, giving processors access to excellent quality new crop milling wheat about a month before their own wheat would be harvested.
“Another plus for our end user customers is that cargoes of this size are good business as they are not tying up large amounts of cash and store space,” said Mr Rogerson.
“1,500 or 2,000 tonnes every three weeks are a better bet for them.”