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Australia exports record 27.6Mt wheat in yr to Sep 30

Liz Wells, November 10, 2022

CBH’s Kwinana terminal is one of Australia’s biggest departure points for wheat. Photo: CBH Group

AUSTRALIA exported 27.6 million tonnes (Mt) of wheat in the year to 30 September 2022, with China its biggest market by far as the destination for 6Mt, or 22 per cent, of the total.

Indonesia on 3.8Mt was the next biggest market, followed by Vietnam on 3Mt and The Philippines on 2.8Mt.

The figures have been compiled from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data, with September figures released last week.

They show 2021-22 as Australia’s biggest year for wheat exports ever, ahead of 24.6Mt shipped in 2011-12, and 24.3Mt in 2020-21.

IKON Commodities CEO Ole Houe said the China figure was notable.

“China is the country that has taken the biggest amount of Australian wheat ever in a year,” Mr Houe said.

“Before that, it was Indonesia with 5.8Mt.”

The tonnage reflects strong shipment programs from eastern states, despite some lengthy flooding and rain interruptions to supply chains, and Western Australia.

It also reflects increased capacity brought about my mobile shiploaders in operation throughout 2021-22 in South Australia and Victoria, and in Queensland in the year’s closing months.

“Mobile shiploaders add 2-3Mt in capacity every year, and that’s certainly helping.”

Also in South Australia, T-Ports’ Lucky Bay terminal added volume from its second full year of operation.

According to data released in an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report, Australia exported 33.3Mt of grain in 2020-21, enough to break the previous record set in 2016-17 of 31.5Mt.

Everything points to 2021-22 setting a record for all grains, with wheat and barley alone eclipsing the 2020-21 total.

In September, Indonesia on 426,755t was the biggest market for Australian wheat, followed by China on 265,009t and Vietnam on 197,367t.

BOXED Oct-Dec Jan-Mar Apr-Jun Jly Aug Sep Yr to Sep 30
China 54772 14826 9087 4838 8294 13843 105660
Egypt 747 0 0 0 0 0 747
Fiji 49 350 430 0 414 185 1427
French Polynesia 252 0 708 0 0 496 1456
Hong Kong 549 394 790 274 275 275 2557
Indonesia 25107 31553 80674 6282 23135 31226 197977
Japan 305 2793 2402 0 0 300 5800
Malaysia 81195 76099 51634 20916 26590 22492 278926
Myanmar 7234 10080 2707 2913 1254 3488 27676
New Caledonia 7140 7288 6848 3242 2733 1715 28966
New Zealand 3115 6750 7805 1957 2737 2871 25235
Pakistan 0 52736 0 0 0 0 52736
Papua New Guinea 1251 1473 1253 1222 250 604 6053
Philippines 34386 43014 36998 4679 7179 8810 135065
Saudi Arabia 0 261 513 0 0 0 774
Singapore 14077 4029 770 1725 0 500 21101
Solomon Islands 1714 3782 3543 1504 1518 1527 13587
South Korea 3190 8518 22340 2877 1883 3029 41837
Sri Lanka 0 0 0 0 0 250 250
Taiwan 90022 116232 89530 37371 35465 29311 397931
Thailand 119995 125294 73930 25331 25638 29019 399208
UK 521 0 2030 486 977 552 4565
Vietnam 152773 171639 240410 35788 45597 62729 708936
DURUM
China 440 0 2007 0 1004 0 3452
Japan 0 1003 0 0 0 0 1003
Malaysia 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
New Zealand 1620 0 0 0 0 0 1620
Singapore 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Taiwan 15 0 4 525 0 0 544
Vietnam 46 0 0 0 0 0 46
TOTAL 600515 678115 636412 151930 184943 213221 2465137

Table 1:  Australian containerised wheat and durum exports for the 12 months ending 30 September 2022. Input figures for months other than September include revisions from ABS. Source: ABS

BULK Oct-Dec Jan-Mar Apr-Jun Jly Aug Sep Yr to Sep 30
Bahrain 27500 0 48944 0 0 27500 103944
Bangladesh 112945 215268 69342 0 0 0 397555
Burundi 0 1900 4000 0 0 0 5900
China 1516199 1433921 1816427 687468 298810 251166 6003992
Egypt 32950 22964 60500 0 0 0 116414
Fiji 9000 79001 33380 0 11000 30000 162381
Indonesia 613979 1081989 686476 381416 419220 395529 3578609
Iran 0 0 66002 0 0 0 66002
Iraq 0 160501 33000 10939 18055 27000 249495
Italy 0 0 74174 0 0 74174
Japan 308089 224011 304119 104291 106886 151756 1199152
Kenya 0 62002 285759 39500 30493 0 417754
South Korea 161845 525900 459717 168569 171380 92500 1579910
Kuwait 134852 41428 84312 0 88987 0 349579
Malawi 0 0 65 0 0 0 65
Malaysia 251980 253540 174587 87980 50700 128235 947022
Mauritius 0 35175 40850 0 0 0 76025
Mozambique 101702 69331 101228 0 0 0 272261
Myanmar 73923 27203 49916 0 0 29700 180742
New Zealand 124372 159681 108359 69132 67954 55600 585098
Oman 0 22000 104498 31440 30346 11578 199862
Pakistan 0 52736 0 0 0 0 52736
Papua New Guinea 44904 53000 67933 0 46302 0 212139
Philippines 279094 961806 640229 303817 411496 111531 2707971
Qatar 20983 21000 0 0 0 21000 62983
Rwanda 0 44400 5419 1000 0 0 50819
Saudi Arabia 55450 0 0 0 0 0 55450
Singapore 32299 0 43946 0 16500 0 92745
South Africa 0 178900 153602 55000 47635 0 435136
Spain 0 0 19887 0 0 0 19887
Sri Lanka 0 0 51395 0 0 0 51395
Sudan 0 220556 279759 32999 59549 0 592864
Taiwan 1000 4996 3024 500 0 0 9521
Tanzania 44000 84750 143 0 0 0 128893
Thailand 36217 152319 134640 44465 56966 2857 427463
Uganda 0 0 32113 14500 26507 0 73119
UAE 33132 27500 24202 0 0 39660 124494
Vietnam 397690 559674 644269 344892 251731 134638 2332893
Yemen 171363 369778 252326 53752 29150 82626 958995
DURUM
Algeria 0 52148 0 0 0 0 52148
Italy 27706 29411 27055 0 54790 0 138962
Japan 0 5665 0 0 0 0 5665
Philippines 502 508 0 0 0 0 1010
Vietnam 0 450 0 0 0 0 450
TOTAL 4613676 7235412 6985595 2431660 2294456 1592876 25153675

Table 2:  Australian bulk wheat and durum exports for the 12 months ending 30 September 2022.  Input figures for months other than September include revisions from ABS. Source: ABS

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