An Australian company that is the largest exporter of breeding stock in the world, will load cattle at Port Taranaki this weekend.
Australasian Global Exports (AGE) will load 3,300 cattle on the vessel Gelbray Express, with the stock to be transported to farms in China for breeding purposes.
In the past 10 years, AGE has exported more than half a million high value beef and dairy livestock around the world.
“AGE made contact with us about coming to Port Taranaki and we agreed to accommodate the vessel. AGE is an experienced livestock exporter and is certified to move stock,” Port Taranaki chief executive Guy Roper said.
The Gelbray Express is estimated to berth early Sunday morning for a scheduled 36-hour period.
Accepting export breeding stock vessels is part of Port Taranaki’s business strategy to diversify the trade across its wharves.
“As Port Taranaki is owned by the community and benefits the community, our role is to maximise the use of our assets so that we remain profitable and sustainable in the long term. And, as we have said in the past, Port Taranaki is not an exporter, we provide a facility for exporters,” Mr Roper said.
“The changing nature of trade, in particular the energy trade as we move towards a low-emissions environment, means we have to be looking ahead, looking for new customers, and diversifying the product that moves across the berths.
“We are constantly looking for opportunities which, in recent times, has included wind turbine componentry, of which we are expecting more throughout 2020, and increased cruise ship visits. We have also worked to further increase our log trade by introducing the logs-on-rail service and developing more berth-side storage.
“Breeding stock cattle shipments are another trade opportunity we have investigated and agreed to commence, with support from the Port Taranaki Board of Directors,” Mr Roper said.
“On each occasion, the pre-arrival procedures confirm all regulatory certification and authorisations are in place, and we work with the exporters to ensure the export cattle have the necessary veterinarian and stock handling support during the voyage