World Grain - August 2014 - (Page 46)

REGIONAL REVIEW EXPORT CHALLENGES P arts of South America are, in many ways, ideal for the production of crops, but at the same time geography and politics combine to give the region some special challenges of its own. Vast distances and underinvestment make logistics difficult, while governmental demands for money impose a further burden. In April, the U.S. Grains Council's Grain News published a story looking forward to a bumper South American soybean crop, but it warned of the logistical problems. "Despite the anticipated bumper crop, logistics remain an ongoing challenge, particularly in Brazil, where corn and soybeans have to travel thousands of miles from Matto Grosso, the country's central producing area, to be exported through coastal ports," it said. "In northern and central Brazil, soybean producers are required to load their product on trucks that travel via subpar roadways to overcrowded ports in southeast Brazil. Transportation costs are high and plagued with uncertainty: Molino 3 Castillos, a Seaboard milling investment in Cartagena, Colombia. Photo courtesy of Seaboard. 46 by Chris Lyddon Political and logistics problems hamper South America's efforts to ship crops to other countries the crop can be held on trucks anywhere from a few weeks to three months, waiting to unload at congested terminals." Speaking to the IGC's recent conference in London, Andy Duff, head of Food and Agribusiness Research at Rabobank in Brazil, described Brazilian infrastructure as "a well-known story of underinvestment...leading to high logistics costs and a corresponding impact on competitiveness." For example, storage capacity is low in key regions. "Lack of storage equals lack of choices at harvest time," he said. The issue is being addressed. New financing for grain storage has been announced, and this should improve the situaAugust 2014 / World Grain /

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World Grain - August 2014
Table of Contents
From the Editor-in-chief - Fundamentals drive wheat prices
Calendar of Events
Latin American milling conferences
News Review - Interflour to build flour mill in Philippine free-trade zone
San Miguel to double flour milling capacity
ADM Milling completes expansion in Indiana
Bartlett building grain facility in Kansas
Cargill to build grain facility in Arkansas
Grupo Bimbo acquires Ecuadorean baker
Didion Milling names vice-president, business development
GrainCorp buys stake in Egyptian flour miller
Egypt purchases 5.1 million tonnes of wheat in 2013-14
United Grain plans bigger expansion at port
E.U. feed groups want decision on GMs
Toepfer renamed ADM Germany
E.U., EIB to work together on agriculture
Uzbekistan harvests record 8 million tonnes of grain
Ungashick joins World Grain sales team
E.U. sets import duty for first time in nearly four years
CHS earnings up 51% in third quarter
CHS makes management changes
Ardent Mills selects office location
Grain Market Review - Coarse grains
Country Focus - South Africa
Feature - Dawn of a New Era
Ardent Mills partners, executives, bring deep roots in flour milling
Regional Review - A Vital Grain Producer
Regional Review - Overflowing with Oilseeds
Regional Review - Export Challenges
Feature - Using Corn as a 'Lifeline'
LifeLine products
Technical Profile - Demanding the best
Feature - A Growing Issue
Feed Operations - Pellet Mills
Feature - Debugging your facility
Species spotted
Guest Commentary - Unforgettable: How flour saved Berlin
Feature - Olam's rice nucleus program
Rice Quarterly - UN sets acceptable levels of arsenic in rice
New rice mill planned for Arkansas
Italy wants ‘fairer’ rice deal
Thailand province developing jasmine rice
Thailand’s rice price shoots up on drought
Supplier News
Product Showcase
World Grain Archive
Ad Index/Fax Back Program

World Grain - August 2014