2 June 1995

Terminal widens feed and fertiliser choice

A WIDER range of fertilisers and animal feedstuffs could be available in future, following the opening of a new agribulk terminal at Southampton docks.

The £1.4m facility – consisting of two customised stores – was built by port owners Associated British Ports on the strength of long-term arrangements with its two major customers, Continental UK and Usborne.

More competitive rates

Continental, which expects its annual throughput of feedstuffs to rise to 300,000t, will no longer need inland storage facilities. And, as a result, it hopes to offer farmers more competitive rates.

Usborne, meanwhile, will use the terminal to develop its tailor-made fertiliser trade. John Ridd, managing director of Usborne subsidiary Top Line Fertilisers, which will be operating the site, says: "The market is demanding more flexibility. Too much emphasis has been placed on the old systems, such as applying a 0:24:24 blend, followed by an AN product. The trend towards site specific grades will increase."

On the market generally, he commented that some early pricing has been done at unsustainable levels. But prices would rise and be higher than those seen last year, he suggested.

&#8226 Southampton is one of the countrys leading grain-handling ports. Last year, it handled 960,000t of agribusiness traffic.