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Richardson doubles capacity at Vancouver

Richardson, Canada’s largest agribusiness and one of the leaders in agriculture and food processing industry has nearly doubled the storage and receiving capacity of its export terminal in North Vancouver following the successful completion of a $140-million expansion project. Richardson added an 80,000-metric-tonne concrete grain storage annex to its terminal, increasing storage capacity to 178,000 metric tonnes. The terminal now has the ability to handle in excess of six million tonnes each year to meet growing demand for Canadian grains and oilseeds. Richardson also upgraded and enhanced its rail yard and receiving system to handle and process railcars more efficiently.

Despite ongoing construction, which began in September 2013 and concluded earlier this year, Richardson managed to set both rail and shipping records at its busy port terminal. While the facility typically ships about three million tonnes of grain each year, it set a new handling record in 2015, shipping 5.2 million tonnes. Richardson shipped 551,000 tonnes of grain in April 2016 alone, beating the previous record of 489,000 tonnes. That same month, the Vancouver terminal received 5,400 rail cars – 200 more than it has ever received in the same time period.

“Our Vancouver expansion was a significant investment in our business to ensure we have the appropriate capacity on the West Coast,” says Curt Vossen, President and CEO of Richardson International. “As Canada’s leading agribusiness, we have positioned ourselves globally to efficiently move Canadian grains and oilseeds to emerging markets in Asia-Pacific and other areas, further enhancing our ability to serve our farm customers at home and international buyers around the world.”

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