Sollio Agriculture marks stellar first season at new Port of Oshawa grain terminal
Some 82,000 metric tonnes of grain were loaded on six vessels and shipped from the Port of Oshawa
Oshawa, Ontario December 16, 2020 – Sollio Agriculture, the Agri-business Division of Sollio Cooperative Group, is pleased to announce that the first commercial season at the new grain terminal at the Port of Oshawa, Ontario has generated substantial grain shipment and efficiency benefits for its customers.
“During the first commercial year spanning June to December, six grain vessels were loaded and shipped from the Port of Oshawa, equating to a better-than-expected 82,000 tonnes of grain,” said Paul Hazzard, General Manager, Grain, Ontario, Sollio Agriculture. “This new facility’s ideal location and modern equipment has reduced trucking distances for many farmers to export their grain and increased the speed at which trucks can unload and store grain.”
The new Port of Oshawa terminal was opened by Sollio Agriculture in fall 2019 in partnership with QSL, a terminal operator with a large network of terminals along the St. Lawrence-Great Lakes corridor. Featuring modern unloading, grain storage and vessel-loading equipment, it is a Canadian Grain Commission-approved export facility.
The new Port of Oshawa terminal serves an estimated 200 farmers in the Durham region whose products include soybeans, wheat and corn.
Mr. Hazzard said that the Port of Oshawa grain terminal has enabled Sollio Agriculture to increase its revenues by approximately 10%, thereby creating additional business for the Oshawa operations of the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority. “Much of this was achieved despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which had a significant impact on the economy. We are proud to contribute to the export of Ontario's crops through our new infrastructure, which supplies food processors around the world. With the learnings gleaned from the 2020 shipping year, we expect results to be even better next year. Our customers and the carriers delivering the grain to the Port gave us valuable feedback for both short-term and longer-term improvements, many of which have been implemented.”
Zac Cohoon, of Twin Erin Farms Inc. in Port Perry and a Sollio Agriculture customer said, “Whenever we can facilitate the movement of farm produce in a local facility, it adds opportunities for the local producer, reduces costs and keeps jobs and wealth in the community. The Oshawa grain terminal is a win for grain farmers in Durham and the surrounding region, connecting us to new domestic and international markets.”
The new Port of Oshawa terminal is one of the terminals used by Sollio Agriculture to serve its customers, with the others located along the St Lawrence seaway.
With 4 million metric tonnes of grain traded each year, our grain-marketing network stands out for its focus on efficiency, proximity, and the interests of farmers. By way of example, Sollio Agriculture has recently obtained GMP+ certification, where GMP stands for "Good Manufacturing Practices" and the “+” for the integration of HACCP ("Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points"). Recognized throughout the world, GMP+ certification demonstrates that we make every effort to ensure the quality of the feed made from the grains and cereals we market.
About Sollio Agriculture
Sollio Agriculture, the Agri-business Division of Sollio Cooperative Group, is a Canadian leader in the agriculture industry. It specializes in the merchandising of farm inputs and value-added agronomic services and benefits from a synergy between three sectors: Livestock Production, Crop Production and Grain. Present in almost every part of Canada, it has more than 1,100 employees and made $2.577 billion in sales in 2019, in Canada and abroad. For more information about Sollio Agriculture, visit sollio.ag.