BUNGE Australia has accepted its first grain deliveries at the company's newly developed Bunbury port site.
But company general manager Chris Aucote said the 3000 tonnes of wheat trucked to the site was for use in the commissioning process.
The final truckloads were delivered on Wednesday last week before being run through Bunge's new silos, elevators and other equipment to ensure it would function as specified come future harvests and their associated delivery periods.
"The delivered tonnes aren't bound for a boat as of yet," Mr Aucote said.
"It's just a practice run - we haven't even got all the proper roadways and associated infrastructure in at the port just yet."
But despite that Mr Aucote said the relatively small deliveries had been very exciting and the testing process had run very smoothly.
"We were always going to have a few little teething problems with something that's this new," he said.
"We're really happy with the progress of the build and happy with how the tests, which circulate the grain through all the available pathways at our port facility, are performing so far."
Long-time proponent of competition at the ports and Pastoralists and Graziers Association Western Grain Growers Committee chairman John Snooke said his committee was rapt that Bunge would soon be exporting grain from Bunbury and posing as competition to the 80-year CBH export monopoly in WA.
"We've been surprised at how quickly the build has happened," he said.
"The way Bunge runs its business is extraordinary.
"It was very well prepared when it was first approved to enter the WA grains space and it has been really good to see."
Mr Snooke said the timeline Bunge set for itself, and shared with the PGA on its entry to WA, has been met and it marked the real start of the evolution of WA's grains industry.
"We need competition in our supply chain," he said.
"Eastern States growers are being exposed to more competition and now it's our turn."
p Industry speculation suggests Bunge could accept the first of its accumulations for export before the middle of the year.