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Australia exports 2.5Mt wheat in Dec, China biggest buyer

Liz Wells, February 8, 2021

A vessel loads at Port Giles in December to add to the month’s grain export figures. Photo: Viterra

AUSTRALIA exported 2,472,624 tonnes of wheat in December, almost five times the 504,931t shipped in November, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The biggest bulk customer by far was China on 782,499t, followed by Vietnam on 278,139t and Indonesia on 256,488t.

In the boxed market, Vietnam on 49,038t, Egypt on 36,942 including 750t of durum, and China on 29,758t bought the biggest volume.

“Wheat exports for December were always going to be a big step up from previous months as the market had new-crop volume available to ship,” Market Check head of strategy Nick Crundall said.

“The total was just a whisker behind the all-time record set in May 2017, and shows just how hard we are pushing the supply chain to maximise the export opportunities this season.”

Mr Crundall said  the China business exported in December was booked prior to the substantial decline in Australia-China relations.

“This sort of volume will not be repeated this season, as exporters have been nervous to sell additional business into China due to the policy risk and big demand from other less risky customers.”

Mr Crundall said December’s container volumes were a solid result given the issues container exporters have had with logistics.

“Hopefully over time volumes can continue to increase as these issues are ironed out.”

BULK Jly Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Tonnes
Bahrain 0 27500 0 0 26080 0 53580
Belgium 41 0 0 0 0 0 41
China 0 61715 0 0 0 782499 844214
Fiji 0 0 27500 0 0 15009 42509
Indonesia 13600 20050 25724 30578 115320 256488 461759
Japan 86164 57701 62848 54585 51594 61933 374825
Kuwait 38840 0 45624 44700 0 44691 173855
Malaysia 71250 0 25199 1393 429 124223 222494
Myanmar 490 27995 400 521 0 25662 55067
New Zealand 32400 0 22240 26290 43480 28760 153170
Oman 0 0 0 0 0 45370 45370
Papua New Guinea 33330 0 61599 0 26070 18500 139499
Philippines 1765 1325 1123 33185 59915 202687 299999
Qatar 21000 0 0 0 0 0 21000
Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 0 0 66000 66000
Singapore 0 0 7631 0 22000 29631
South Korea 58180 112120 46794 107065 0 89760 413919
Sri Lanka 0 0 0 990 1001 36284 38275
Thailand 0 0 3095 0 1502 4597
UAE 77 5330 0 80 45106 0 50593
Vietnam 0 18150 15345 3190 56270 278139 371093
Yemen 31000 0 31000 0 0 172900 234900
TOTAL 388137 331885 376123 302576 425263 2272405 4096389

Table 1: Australian monthly bulk wheat exports from July to December 2020. Source: ABS

BOXED Jly Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Tonnes
China 3215 976 1314 2905 4165 29758 42333
Egypt 0 500 5774 0 18003 36192 60469
Fiji 1087 463 14314 320 2400 1214 19799
French Polynesia 125 122 124 0 199 179 750
India 0 0 0 0 0 50 50
Indonesia 1001 1507 0 992 1517 4021 9038
Japan 0 0 0 22 0 1300 1322
Malaysia 4532 8199 7766 3255 11962 18007 53721
Myanmar 4562 5501 7504 6691 1008 7991 33257
New Caledonia 2435 2080 1327 2588 3193 425 12049
New Zealand 4212 4132 5353 6396 8108 5478 33679
Papua New Guinea 25 352 100 1885 0 0 2362
Philippines 2957 2758 6785 4430 2451 2693 22076
Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 0 0 383 383
Singapore 1024 0 0 0 1025 1514 3562
Solomon Islands 2002 1005 1002 0 1002 999 6009
South Korea 1001 502 502 2001 0 0 4006
Sri Lanka 0 0 0 0 988 0 988
Taiwan 3979 1729 1145 4750 2134 11729 25466
Tanzania 0 0 200 0 0 203 403
Thailand 11402 9600 6970 7541 11824 27371 74708
UAE 2069 1029 0 0 0 0 3099
UK 200 500 500 550 0 375 2127
Vietnam 2902 4876 5506 14581 9431 49038 86335
TOTAL 48730 45833 66188 58907 79411 198921 497989

Table 2: Australian monthly containerised wheat exports from July to December 2020. Source: ABS

DURUM Jly Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Tonnes
Egypt 0 0 0 250 750 1000
Malaysia 2 2 0 2 2 2 9
Philippines 0 0 0 0 0 399 399
Taiwan 0 0 0 0 5 0 5
Thailand 0 0 262 0 0 147 409
UK 607 503 482 500 0 0 2092
TOTAL 609 504 744 502 257 1298 3914

Table 3: Australian monthly containerised durum exports from July to December 2020. Source: ABS

 

 

 

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