North Star Container ships DDGS to Europe, Asia

By Anna Austin | September 08, 2008
Web exclusive posted Sept. 24, 2008 at 5:04 p.m. CST

North Star Container International, a full service, non-vessel operating common carrier and subsidiary of Minn.-based North Star Rail Intermodal LLC, has opened an office in Chicago Ill., which will serve suppliers of grain and grain products shipping commodities.
North Star Container, which also has operations in Minneapolis, Minn., indicated that the initial focuses of the new office will be to provide marketing services and overseas transportation services for grain products.

"We are originating distillers dried grains with solubles from throughout the Midwest and shipping them to all Asian and various European countries," said Bill Dankbar, North Star Rail Intermodal chief executive officer. "The demand overseas is growing at a phenomenal rate and DDGS has become a feed ingredient staple amongst the various livestock diets."

North Star Rail Intermodal offers processors and ethanol producers an intermodal truck and train service which allows them to plug into the international container shipping system directly at a farm, elevator or ethanol plant. Products can be loaded into containers at North Star Rail Intermodal terminals from either hopper trucks or railcars, or may be directly loaded into containers at the elevator or processing plant. The product is then shifted to rail, avoiding the need for highway transport, to a final destination.

North Star Container has a scheduled intermodal train service which enables customers to commit specific quantities in advance to global customers on a year-round basis. According to the company, it has negotiated contracts with several major shipping lines serving the Asian, European, and Latin American markets.

In addition to providing services to ethanol producers for DDGS, North Star Rail Intermodal serves growers and processors of identity preserved food-grade soybeans, wheat products, and other value-added soybean feed and specialized grains.