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Grain silos

Nearly 400 ships visit the Port of Sorel-Tracy each year.

Port of Sorel-Tracy seen from the St. Lawrence

Over 7 million tonnes of minerals, metals, coal, timber, and grains pass through the port facility.

Aerial view of the Port of Sorel-Tracy

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Since 1974, James Richardson International (JRI) has been the sole owner of the grain elevators and one of the port terminals in Sorel-Tracy. Its facilities can store up to 146,000 tonnes of grain.

Grain elevators and port terminal in Sorel-Tracy

These enormous silos are used to store more than 25 varieties of grain, mainly corn, soy, barley, wheat and canola. The grain, grown in Western Canada, Ontario, and Quebec (mainly the Montérégie region), is shipped to South America, Europe, and southern Africa.

Canadian Coast Guard vessels in Lanctôt Basin, Sorel-Tracy, with huge grain silos in the background
Canadian Coast Guard vessels in Lanctôt Basin, Sorel-Tracy

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