Please read on for more information regarding harvest operations and to find important documentation regarding fees and warehousing terms and conditions.
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Grain Marketing Options
Flexi Grain is this year offering the Collaborative Export Program to growers who deliver grain to T-Ports. By exporting parcels of grain directly into global markets, Flexi Grain is able to access true global values for EP grain.
Flexi Grain will be actively managing price risk and providing regular strategy updates to participating growers.
ADM provide daily cash pricing for T-Ports Lock and Lucky Bay sites. Register directly with ADM for regular pricing updates.
ADM can also provide ex-farm pricing for post harvest delivery where growers can take advantage of freight efficiencies.
Market Check is an independent, Australian owned business offering year-round grain marketing education and services to Australian farmers.
Market Check have been operating post harvest managed programs for growers since 2011 and these are available at T-Ports this season; both the Strategic Program and Cash and Call. Market Check also provides daily cash updates on behalf of T-Ports buyers.
Contact your local grain broker or sell grain using Clear Grain Exchange.
T-Ports is committed to providing a cost-effective and efficient supply chain for Eyre Peninsula growers.
T-Ports is introducing T-Ports Freight Assist to offset the freight costs for growers who have further to travel to our sites. T-Ports is offering a cash incentive for growers who are further than 45km from the Lucky Bay port and who deliver into either Lucky Bay or Lock.
- The reason for this initiative is clear and simple – T-Ports is delivering competition for EP growers and this opportunity further strengthens the competitive solutions we are providing.
- We understand the costs involved in harvest logistics and want to work with growers to lower these costs wherever possible.
- We know how much growers want to support competition in the grain supply chain, so we’re making it even more cost-effective to deliver to T-Ports this harvest by equalising freight rates, regardless of your distance from the port.
- Competition is the essence of what drives a better deal for growers and T-Ports is delivering that.
- T-Ports Freight Assist is effective from 13 November 2020
- For growers who delivered prior to 13 November, an incentive of $1/t will be applied from their first delivery to 13 November, and $2/t thereafter
- Closure of the program will be announced a week in advance*.
- The rebate will be paid directly by T-Ports to the grower at the end of harvest with no further action required to be undertaken by the grower.
- The T-Ports Freight Assist will be calculated by T-Ports based on receival tonnes and paid by T-Ports directly to the grower at a rate of $1/t from start of harvest to 13 November, and $2/t from 13 November onwards.
- This will be automatically calculated and paid directly in a stand-alone transaction to growers by T-Ports at end of harvest.
- Accessing the rebate does not influence what growers choose to do with their grain – it can be warehoused in the T-Ports system or sold to any participating marketer.
We are listening to and working with growers and want to support them to support us. We see a bright future on EP and are in it for the long haul. We are demonstrating this by wanting as much of EP’s grain as possible to strengthen the alternative supply chain we provide.
Our motto is bringing the port to the product. Now, we’re taking it one step further, by bringing the port as close as we can to your property.
* T-Ports reserves the right to amend or withdraw this incentive at any time.
IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE
BUSINESS AS USUAL
T-Ports has been operating in a COVID-safe manner during harvest and will continue to work with growers and carriers to ensure the health and wellbeing of our employees, growers, carriers, visitors and the broader community.
We will continue to monitor the situation and respond to all government advice and protocols as required.
In line with COVID-19 directions provided Wednesday 18 November 2020 by the SA Government, SA Health and SAPOL, we have made the following changes to the delivery process for the 2020/21 harvest:
- Travel restrictions are now in place limiting employee travel between T-Ports sites.
- When visiting our sites, please ensure you always maintain physical distancing (1.5 metres).
- Predelivery bucket samples will be managed without the need for interaction. Samples should be left alongside the classification office stairs with your name and mobile phone number. An employee will call you with the results.
- Do not enter our classification offices. One of our staff will meet you outside. Please remain in your vehicle until you can see the classifier and abide by physical distancing measure with others within the area.
- Please bring your own pen.
- The exchange of paperwork will be minimised.
- Place your delivery form through the small access window on the side of the sampling office.
- When unloading, an employee signature is not required on the delivery token unless a modification needs to be made to the partition – double check your weighnote.
- Please follow SA Health guidelines on the wearing of masks.
- Do not attend one of our sites if you are feeling unwell, showing any symptoms or have been COVID-19 tested and are waiting for results. This includes employees, growers, carriers, contractors, suppliers and visitors.
- RFID (weighbridge) cards will be regularly cleaned by site staff throughout the day.
- Please use driver amenities where available, rather than employee amenities and follow maximum capacity requirements.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak with the site manager or call Tim Gurney on 0428 867 070.
The T-Ports Harvest Handbook contains detailed information on how to deliver grain to T-Ports. Before delivering to a T-Ports site, please read this Handbook to ensure you are up-to-date with T-Ports procedures. The following checklist provides the basic information to ensure your experience with T-Ports is smooth and problem free.
- Confirm site hours and available services – Please check www.tports.com/harvest and subscribe to the SMS service
- Ensure a Harvest Delivery Form is completed and both the farmer and driver have signed off on each load
- National Grower Registration (NGR) number is registered and ready for delivery
- Delivery options have been discussed with driver/carrier (overloading/downgrading options
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
- Please do not attend site if you are feeling unwell, showing any symptoms or have been COVID-19 tested and are waiting for results. This includes employees, growers, carriers, contractors, suppliers and visitors.
- When visiting T-Ports sites, please maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times.
- The number of drivers in a classification centre will be restricted. When the person in front of you is in the classification centre, please wait at the bottom of the stairs until they have left.
- Please ensure you use hand sanitiser prior to entering. Sanitiser will be available outside the classification centres.
- Please bring your own pen to use in the classification centre.
STORAGE & HANDLING
- T-Ports provides storage for wheat and barley
- All T-Ports Storage, Handling and Freight charges are available on the website: www.tports.com/harvest
To view the Harvest Handbook, click the button below or click directly on the handbook cover image.
Growers are able to capture more value for their grain at harvest with active binning at T-Ports Lock and Lucky Bay sites. The active binning system enables growers to potentially achieve higher grades for their grain for those times when key specifications fall marginally outside receival standards.
Active binning is available for most wheat and barley grades and provides flexibility based on the quality parameters of protein, moisture, test weight and screenings.
T-Ports will actively manage grain partitions with live quality statistics to ensure they are maintained within GTA outturn standards to ensure grain will be out turned to meet export requirements within specification. Active binning will cease to be offered or not be available for grades where GTA outturn standards cannot be achieved.
GROWER WAREHOUSING TERMS & CONDITIONS
T-Ports offers growers access to their grain stocks to enable warehouse transfers via an online grower portal. A login will be created when a grower/carrier delivers to a T-Ports site.
How do I access the web portal?
Access to the portal will be activated after you deliver for the first time to a T-Ports site. When your NGR card is presented upon delivery, this will link your data from NGR into the T-Ports online data management system. You will then be able to visit the portal and use your NGR payee number to set up an account.
The portal is now available at https://portal.tports.com.au/.
How do I reset my password?
Upon your first login this harvest, you will be required to reset your password. To do this, enter your username (Payee Number) and hit the “Forgot Password” link. You will be prompted to enter your username again and your email address. Your email address must be the same as the one you have registered with NGR.
You will receive an email with a temporary password, which you will be prompted to change when you login next. When you log in, the Password Change dialog box is displayed, where you will be prompted to enter the new password.
Your password must contain:
- At least one upper case letter
- At least one lower case letter
- At least one number
- At least one symbol
Click Submit. Once the new password is accepted, you can navigate to the home page.
Web Portal - Grower User Guide
T-Ports has compiled a Web Portal User Guide with detailed information on performing various tasks within the portal.
What is a payee number and where do I find it?
The payee number is issued by NGR and is made available to the growers when you first registered with NGR.
Your Payee ID is an 8-digit number that is shown in brackets next to your Trading Name, either on an NGR form; through myNGR Online; or via my NGR Mobile.
You can also find your payee number on a remittance advice from a grain buyer.
Alternatively, you can contact T-Ports on 1800 87 67 87 who will advise your payee number.
How can I do warehouse to warehouse (grower to grower) transfer?
Transferring grain from one NGR card to another is a straightforward process using the T-Ports web portal.
To do a warehouse to warehouse transfer, simply follow the process for Making a Transfer as outlined in the User Guide, then select the NGR card you wish to transfer the grain to. Follow the rest of the steps and the grain will be transferred.
How can I manage a sharefarming / split card arrangement?
When a NGR card is set up as a split card, it is set up to split only the payments, not the entitlement (ownership) of the grain. Therefore, this should be considered before or at the time of delivery. If the two parties on the split card are likely to want to choose different marketing options, it is best to deliver on two NGR cards and split the loads.
Alternatively, if the grain is warehoused on the split card, you can undertake a transfer using the T-Ports web portal.
If quality data needs to be retained for payment purposes, the grower to grower transfer will need to be carried out ticket by ticket from the 60/40 card to the individual 100% NGR cards. This will mean two transfers for each ticket.
T-Ports receival standards will follow industry best practice and will be based on standards set by Grain Trade Australia, the Australian Oilseeds Federation and Pulse Australia.
We will be implementing an Eka-developed IT platform used in the grains industry for many years.
To ensure accuracy and consistency in the classification process, T-Ports will employ the latest technology to automate as much of the process as possible. Automatic truck probes and protein machines will be linked directly to computers, eliminating potential manual data entry errors.
Harvest Delivery Form
Copies of the Harvest Delivery Form booklet are available at the Lock and Lucky Bay bunker sites, the Kimba Transport office, Landmark Kimba, Ramsey Bros Cleve and Wudinna, or from General Manager Operations Tim Gurney.
Product ownership security
Under the grower warehousing terms and conditions and the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 Cth, any grain delivered to a T-Ports site remains the property of the owner (grower) and not the storage provider.
Safety is a main pillar of our business and driver safety is paramount on site.
Enclosed footwear and hi-visibility clothing are essential when undertaking any deliveries to site. There will also be a short driver induction process upon your first delivery.
T-Ports registered Grain Trade Australia freight rate from our Lock site to Lucky Bay is $13.25/t.
This freight rate has been advised to the trade and may be reflected in the pricing differentials between the two sites.
Eyre Peninsula Freight Group
T-Ports has developed the T-Ports Eyre Peninsula Freight Group, or T-Ports Freight Service. This group of local carriers from across the catchment zone enables T-Ports to offer an efficient freight service to our grain traders and growers.
T-Ports is committed to supporting local employment by engaging local carriers and ensuring competition in our catchment zone. It is our aim to ensure the T-Ports EPFG get first preference for all commodities/goods that will be handled by T-Ports.
The EPFG director is Daniel Gregory from Kimba Transport. If you need any further information on the EPFG please contact Tim Gurney.
T-Ports is a member of Grain Trade Australia. All grain received will be in line with GTA and other industry standards.