Glencore Agriculture UK has exported a record consignment of bulk feed beans through the Port of Ipswich.

ABP confirms the 12,000 tonne shipment is a record for its East Anglia terminals.  “We are delighted to be working with Glencore and its terminal partners Clarksons Port Services as well as Ipswich Grain Terminal to bring together this record 12,000 tonne export shipment of beans,” says ABP short sea ports director Andrew Harston.

The cargo, loaded onto the MV Zealand Beatrix, is destined for a feed buyer at the Italian port city of Bari on the Adriatic coast.

“The ability to make a timely early shipment of such scale through ABP’s Port of Ipswich has proved to be especially important for eastern counties growers,” notes Glencore Agriculture UK managing director James Maw. 

“Completing a 12,000 tonne shipment brings essential economies of scale that can make UK beans attractive for global buyers that have a core demand for beans in their feed rations, compared to the cost of conventional 4,000 tonne carriers,” he adds. “That has translated into better prices for East Anglian growers, helping to assure a viable return from the crop for farmers.”