ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA — Viterra said on April 9 that it has broken another all-time shipping record, with more than 900,000 tonnes of grain exported from its South Australian ports in March 2012.

The 912,029 tonnes of grain shipped during March has exceeded the previous monthly record of 839,658 tonnes shipped in February 2004.

Dean McQueen, executive manager Grain, said the outstanding March shipping results reflected the efficiency of not only the ports, but the entire storage and handling network in South Australia.

"It is thanks to our employees that exports are being facilitated in such an effective way enabling us to consistently break record after record," he said. "Last year, we broke the calendar year record by shipping 8.41 million tonnes of grain on behalf of 15 exporters, and now, only three months into 2012, we've shipped 2.39 million tonnes from the state."

Viterra's newest port, Outer Harbor, also reached a new record for grain exported during one month, shipping 244,000 tonnes in March.

"The through-put we're seeing, despite high world grain stocks, demonstrates the global demand for South Australian grain and is a positive result for the state, marketers and growers alike," he said.