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Australia exports 2.8Mt wheat in Feb

Liz Wells, April 11, 2022

Australia exported what is believed to be a record 2.8Mt of wheat in February 2022 thanks to huge shipment programs from every mainland state. Photo: Southern Ports, Esperance, WA

AUSTRALIA exported 2,789,640 tonnes of wheat in February, up 5 per cent from the 2,660,888t shipped in January, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

This is believed to be a new record for Australian monthly wheat exports, and exceeds by 6pc the 2,624,651t shipped in February 2021.

Containerised exports for February 2022 totalled 287,801t, with Vietnam on 82,046t, Pakistan on 52,736t and Taiwan on 45,010t the biggest markets.

In bulk, 2,501,839t was shipped, with Indonesia on 349,000t, China on 320,591t and The Philippines on 291,832t the biggest markets.

In bulk exports and based on initial February figures, Australia is ahead of where it was for the three months to February 28.

In Dec 2020-Feb 2021 period, 6.76 million tonnes (Mt) was shipped, while in the Dec 2020-Feb 2022 period, 6.94Mt has been shipped.

While March 2022 was expected to see 3Mt of boxed and bulk wheat shipped in total, torrential rain which impacted port operations in Brisbane, Newcastle, Port Kembla and Sydney are likely to see the March number come in at below February.

BOXED Dec Jan Feb Tonnes
China 20367 11423 1424 33214
Fiji 0 0 350 350
Hong Kong 286 0 135 421
Indonesia 12566 13178 8536 34280
Japan 0 1013 1200 2213
Malaysia 18307 31502 19784 69593
Myanmar 1797 4841 3749 10387
New Caledonia 3041 2960 2278 8279
New Zealand 900 2386 2181 5467
Pakistan 0 0 52736 52736
Papua New Guinea 251 398 728 1377
Philippines 9990 11970 25097 47057
Saudi Arabia 0 0 261 261
Singapore 3195 3051 478 6724
Solomon Islands 687 1781 501 2969
South Korea 565 3553 3007 7125
Taiwan 22295 42367 45010 109672
Thailand 30341 54481 38300 123122
UK 521 0 0 521
Vietnam 50451 39750 82046 172247
DURUM
Japan 0 1002 0 1002
New Zealand 494 0 0 494
Taiwan 15 0 0 15
TOTAL 176069 225656 287801 689526

Table 1: Australian containerised wheat exports for December 2020 and January and February 2021. Source: ABS

BULK Dec Jan Feb Tonnes
Bahrain 27500 0 0 27500
Bangladesh 43560 55907 124322 223789
Burundi 0 1900 1900
China 687227 675610 320591 1683428
Egypt 0 0 22964 22964
Fiji 0 39999 0 39999
Indonesia 217268 446470 349000 1012738
Iraq 0 108001 108001
Japan 173933 66580 125741 366254
Kenya 0 0 62002 62002
Kuwait 44750 41428 0 86178
Malaysia 149249 64800 132027 346076
Mauritius 0 35175 35175
Mozambique 0 9000 51331 60331
Myanmar 46424 27203 0 73627
New Zealand 62178 30615 110065 202858
Oman 0 22000 0 22000
Papua New Guinea 26070 36500 0 62570
Philippines 74695 319424 291832 685951
Qatar 20983 0 21000 41983
Rwanda 0 0 44400 44400
Saudi Arabia 55450 0 0 55450
Singapore 14300 0 0 14300
South Africa 0 90900 0 90900
South Korea 93500 106260 151140 350900
Sudan 0 0 76628 76628
Tanzania 44000 0 84750 128750
Taiwan 0 500 1509 2009
Thailand 32436 53293 62952 148681
UAE 8800 11000 16500 36300
Vietnam 66057 175633 204462 446152
Yemen 117613 156445 103547 377605
DURUM
Japan 0 5665 0 5665
TOTAL 2005993 2435232 2501839 6943064

Table 2: Australian bulk wheat exports for December 2020 and January and February 2021. Source: ABS

 

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