A family-based company that understands both growing and marketing, Centre State Exports is serious about you reaping the rewards of your hard work.
Australia is recognised for its high quality wheat and supplies markets throughout Asia, the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East, with Centre State being a key gateway to those markets.
With over three decades’ experience in the agricultural sector –half of this in the grain business – Centre State is a trusted buyer of all major grades of wheat, including H1, H2, APW1, ASW1, AGP1 and FED1, as well as seasonal minor grades such as GPSF, AUW1 and AUH2.
Centre State sells mainly into export markets both in bulk vessels and in containers through a well developed network of reputable buyers.
The company is an acknowledged specialist in container markets (those destinations only able to handle containerised wheat due to volumes and logistics) and has a solid relationship with container packers and exporters. All containers are shipped from the Outer Harbour container wharf.
In the bulk vessel trade, we buy from all South Australian grain export terminals including Thevenard, Port Lincoln, Wallaroo, Port Giles and Port Adelaide.
Purchases are made on forward or cash contracts in accordance with our terms and conditions , and keeping paperwork concise and understandable is one of the ways that makes Centre State easy to deal with.
Grain can be delivered directly against the contract off-farm or transferred out of warehouse with the approved bulk handler.
Testimonial from a long-term satisfied grower
Alistair Ifould, Coomandook
Our wheat marketing is extremely important to our business and it can be difficult at times. The best thing about working with the guys from Centre State is that they make the time and effort to understand what we are trying to achieve and what works for our business.
Like the wheel, writing and civilisation itself, wheat originated in the Middle East, in an area called Mesopotamia, today part of Iraq. Now cultivated worldwide, in 2007 the world produced 607 million tons of wheat, making it the third most-produced cereal after maize (784 million tons) and rice (651 million tons).
Wheat in Australia
Australia's first wheat was grown at the Botanic Gardens in Sydney. The first farmer of wheat was a convict, James Ruse. Soon others started growing wheat too and wheat farms were rapidly established in all Australian colonies. By 1870, South Australia, with half the nation’s wheat-growing land, had a thriving export industry, with shipments to the other Australian colonies, South Africa and sometimes the United Kingdom. The invention in 1843 of the stripper harvester by South Australian miller John Ridley had already mechanised reaping, while the invention of the stump-jump plough later that century (an innovation proudly claimed by this State) gave South Australians an advantage in opening up more mallee land to wheat growing. Interestingly, a significant refinement of the stump jump plough was financed by Harris Scarfe & Company.