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Australia exports 2.63Mt wheat in April, up 3pc on Mar

Liz Wells, June 6, 2022

Like all of Australia’s major bulk handlers, GrainCorp is shipping wheat to China  as a major destination this year. Photo: Max Anderson, GrainCorp Gladstone

AUSTRALIA exported 2,633,809 tonnes of wheat in April, up 3 per cent from the March total of 2,563,899t, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

China was the biggest market by far for April shipments, and was the destination for 758,915t of bulk and 2375t of containerised wheat.

Exports to China in April look like they have hit a new monthly high to surpass the January total of 687,033t.

Vietnam on 94,166t was the biggest destination for containerised grain, and with 245,754t of bulk also, bought 339,920t of April-shipped wheat.

Next was The Philippines with 316,810t of bulk and 16,649t of containerised wheat to total 333,459t.

April volume is thought to have risen in part because of less rain-related interruptions to shipments out of the New South Wales ports of Newcastle and Port Kembla, and Brisbane in Queensland.

While cargo numbers out of Port Kembla’s two terminals will be limited until September, when one of its two supplying rail lines is to due to come back into use after a lengthy closure caused by rain-related damage, other Australian ports are shipping at capacity.

According to Lachstock Consulting’s latest Australian Export Vessel Lineups report, shipping stems indicate bulk shipments of 2.54 million tonnes (Mt) of wheat in May and 2.65Mt in June can be expected to appear in upcoming export data.

USDA has estimated Australia’s 2021-22 (Oct-Sep) wheat exports at 27.5Mt, up from 23.85Mt in 2020-21.

BOXED Feb Mar Apr Tonnes
China 1424 1979 2375 5778
Fiji 350 0 185 535
French Polynesia 0 0 397 397
Hong Kong 135 259 258 652
Indonesia 8264 10111 10089 28464
Japan 1200 580 1318 3098
Malaysia 18034 26563 14283 58880
Myanmar 3749 1490 990 6229
New Caledonia 2278 2050 3095 7423
New Zealand 1500 2864 3305 7669
Pakistan 52736 0 0 52736
Papua New Guinea 728 347 600 1675
Philippines 19422 11622 16649 47693
Saudi Arabia 261 0 255 516
Singapore 478 500 0 978
Solomon Islands 501 1500 1405 3406
South Korea 2987 1978 3826 8791
Taiwan 43345 30520 37368 111233
Thailand 34643 36170 28336 99149
UK 0 0 379 379
Vietnam 78605 53284 94166 226055
DURUM
Japan 0 1 0 1
Singapore 0 1 0 1
TOTAL 270640 181819 219279 671738

Table 1: Australian containerised wheat and durum exportsfor February, March and April 2022. Source: ABS

BULK Feb Mar Apr Tonnes
Bahrain 0 0 24483 24483
Bangladesh 91322 68039 19342 178703
Burundi 1900 0 0 1900
China 320091 438221 758915 1517227
Egypt 22964 0 0 22964
Fiji 0 39002 0 39002
Indonesia 349000 286719 154529 790248
Iraq 108001 52500 0 160501
Italy 0 0 64174 64174
Japan 125741 31690 75426 232857
Kenya 62002 0 156465 218467
Kuwait 0 0 40312 40312
Malaysia 132000 56740 29776 218516
Mauritius 35175 0 0 35175
Mozambique 51331 9000 50530 110861
Myanmar 0 0 21003 21003
New Zealand 110065 34221 3850 148136
Oman 0 0 38498 38498
Papua New Guinea 0 16500 0 16500
Philippines 292045 350337 316810 959192
Qatar 21000 0 0 21000
Rwanda 44400 0 0 44400
Singapore 0 0 21860 21860
South Africa 0 88000 0 88000
South Korea 151140 268500 224925 644565
Sri Lanka 0 0 26952 26952
Sudan 76628 143928 32622 253178
Tanzania 84750 0 0 84750
Taiwan 1509 75988 242 77739
Thailand 63353 3480 43192 110025
Uganda 0 0 13613 13613
UAE 16500 0 24202 40702
Vietnam 160069 226852 245754 632675
Yemen 103547 109786 0 213333
DURUM
Algeria 0 52148 0 52148
Italy 0 29411 27055 56466
Philippines 0 508 0 508
Thailand 0 0 0 0
Vietnam 0 450 0 450
TOTAL 2424533 2382020 2414530 7221083

Table 2: Australian bulk wheat and durum exports for February, March and April 2022. Source: ABS

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