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Canadian grain company G3 last week reported record imported grain volumes this year at its port terminal in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.
G3 has unloaded more than 160,000 metric tons of grain to date in 2022, far more than the facility has handled in a single year, G3 officials said in a press release. The company unloaded 30,000 metric tons of grain from a single vessel shipped by an overseas supplier.
The increase in imported grain is caused in part by a shortage of some crops due to drought conditions last year in western Canada. Food and beverage companies that were unable to secure enough domestic grain contracted with G3 to facilitate imports from overseas.
"G3's facilities have built a reputation for fast, safe and efficient movement of grain to worldwide markets," said G3 CEO Don Chapman. "But we are also providing important capacity to import grain when needed."
The company’s grain-handling operation at Port de Trois-Rivieres is focused on loading ships for export, but it's also the only facility on the Great Lakes—St. Lawrence Seaway System that’s able to unload grain from large Panamax ships and transfer it to truck, train or other land vessels, G3 officials said.
G3's terminal employees have been working around the clock to facilitate the unloading, while also loading corn, soybeans and other crops from Quebec farms for export, company officials said.