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Australia ships 1.28Mt wheat in October, up 16pc from Sep

Liz Wells, December 13, 2021

Wheat deliveries roll into GrainCorp’s Talwood site in October to help fill cargoes loading in Brisbane. Photo: Dave Beare

AUSTRALIA exported 1,478,241 tonnes of wheat in October, a rise of 16 per cent from the 1,277,616t shipped in September, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

In bulk, China on 242,820t, Vietnam on 224,814t and Indonesia on 185,011t were the biggest markets for October-shipped wheat.

Vietnam on 73,147t, Thailand on 47,801t and Taiwan on 33,626t were the three biggest customers.

Australian wheat exports to Middle East, African and South Asian customers has dipped in October to reflect the continued availability of new-crop Black Sea and European shipments.

However, Australian wheat has remained extremely competitive.

Brisbane and Geraldton are thought to have exported some new-crop wheat in October, but the greatest tonnage shipped in bulk by far in the month came from Port Kembla.

As one of New South Wales’ two bulk ports, it receives grain via rail from the central west and south-west of NSW, where a bumper crop was harvested last year.

The region has had the biggest 2020-21 carry-out of any in Australia, and Kembla’s two export terminals shipped a combined 354,846t of wheat in October.

This is well ahead of the three other busiest bulk-wheat ports for October, Fremantle on 193,143t, Brisbane on 181,675t and Geelong on 180,753t.

BULK Aug Sep Oct Tonnes
Bahrain 0 27500 0 27500
Bangladesh 0 67000 20533 87533
China 127900 117060 242820 487780
Egypt 61900 0 32950 94850
Fiji 0 36354 0 36354
Indonesia 213901 114269 185011 513182
Italy 0 27919 0 27919
Japan 181306 82710 129138 393155
Kuwait 0 50096 45077 95173
Malaysia 92525 0 33000 125525
Mozambique 0 0 52702 52702
Myanmar 52911 0 27499 80410
New Zealand 23158 62857 32194 118209
Oman 0 6070 0 6070
Papua New Guinea 24200 44500 0 68700
Philippines 284483 83760 43960 412203
Qatar 0 21000 0 21000
Saudi Arabia 57400 0 0 57400
South Korea 124548 211210 68345 404102
Sri Lanka 132000 64518 0 196518
Thailand 500 2059 3277 5835
UAE 0 0 24332 24332
Vietnam 370994 3701 224814 599509
Yemen 107000 0 53750 160750
DURUM
Italy 56322 50500 27706 134528
Philippines 0 0 251 251
TOTAL 1911048 1073083 1247358 4231489

Table 1: Australian bulk wheat exports for August, September and October 2021. Source: ABS

BOXED Aug Sep Oct Tonnes
China 12469 15635 12832 40936
Egypt 0 0 747 747
French Polynesia 0 0 126 126
Hong Kong 0 267 0 267
Indonesia 38373 5332 6932 50638
Japan 0 0 305 305
Malaysia 30389 28458 29179 88026
Myanmar 2248 29511 2122 33881
New Caledonia 2943 3338 2582 8863
New Zealand 4455 4943 1356 10753
Papua New Guinea 303 200 275 778
Philippines 5810 13076 12122 31008
Singapore 3491 501 6857 10848
Solomon Islands 2113 1622 0 3735
South Korea 1003 2296 0 3299
Taiwan 13766 31495 33626 78888
Thailand 14197 31948 47801 93946
UK 152 402 0 553
Vietnam 72295 35510 73101 180907
DURUM Aug Sep Oct
Malaysia 9 0 0 9
New Zealand 0 0 874 874
Vietnam 0 0 46 46
TOTAL 204016 204533 230883 639433

Table 2: Australian containerised wheat exports for August, September and October 2021. Source: ABS

 

 

 

 

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