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Australia exports 44,962t chickpeas, 105,112t lentils in July

Liz Wells, September 14, 2022

Lentils crops across southern Australia, including this one at Paskeville on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, are seen as having average or better yield potential. Photo: Chris Davey, YP AG

AUSTRALIA exported 44,962 tonnes of chickpeas and 105,112t of lentils in July, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The chickpea figure is more than double the 21,276t shipped in June, while lentil exports are up 43 per cent from June.

Latest figures show July shipments of chickpeas to Pakistan surged to 33,522t, a 376pc increase from  June.

This indicates bulk as well as containerised exports went into this market, and shipping stems indicate this will continue as Pakistan looks to build stocks to combat the horrific impact of flooding on its own stocks.

Pakistan is traditionally a container-only market, but some whole or part bulk cargoes went there last year to reflect the expense and difficulty of getting containers into South Asia.

Nepal on 3682t followed by the United Kingdom on 1801t were the second and third-biggest markets for Australia’s July-shipped chickpeas.

On lentils, Bangladesh stepped back into bulk buying, and was the destination for 47,788t, up from 2350t in June.

Second place for July-shipped Australian lentils by volume was India on 29,530t followed by Pakistan on 16,578t.

Volume to India is expected to tail off from August, when new-crop Canadian lentils will bite into Australia’s market share.

CHICKPEAS May June July Tonnes
Bangladesh 16299 1547 1479 19324
Canada 1228 1456 891 3576
Egypt 501 497 836 1835
Fiji 0 24 39 63
Greece 24 0 0 24
India 469 236 0 704
Indonesia 0 8 8 17
Israel 0 24 24 48
Italy 0 0 24 24
Japan 0 24 0 24
Jordan 0 0 15 15
Malaysia 72 0 192 264
Mauritius 48 266 120 434
Nepal 3802 2137 3682 9620
Netherlands 0 24 0 24
New Zealand 110 69 86 265
Pakistan 4874 8921 33522 47317
Saudi Arabia 721 1564 500 2786
Singapore 73 144 100 317
South Africa 48 47 0 95
South Korea 0 72 24 96
Sri Lanka 48 369 244 661
Switzerland 2 0 0 2
Taiwan 0 0 96 96
Thailand 48 15 26 89
Turkey 506 752 0 1258
UAE 1186 1572 1122 3880
UK 730 1009 1801 3540
US 117 452 130 699
Yemen 0 46 0 46
TOTAL 30905 21276 44962 97143

Table 1: Australian chickpea exports for May, June and July 2022. Source: ABS

LENTILS May June July Tonnes
Bahrain 0 0 1008 1008
Bangladesh 46814 2350 47788 96951
Egypt 0 21639 0 21639
India 32164 2761 29530 64455
Indonesia 3 5 0 8
Japan 0 24 48 72
Lebanon 0 72 0 72
Mauritius 293 25 25 343
Nepal 2503 1746 1384 5633
New Zealand 62 53 39 154
Pakistan 1023 8076 16578 25677
South Africa 0 24 0 24
South Korea 0 72 0 72
Sri Lanka 8471 8612 8667 25750
Taiwan 0 0 46 46
Turkey 22 508 0 530
UAE 0 27500 0 27500
TOTAL 91355 73466 105112 269934

Table 2: Australian lentil exports for May, June and July 2022. Source: ABS

 

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