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Australia ships 2.49Mt wheat in April, up 8pc on month

Liz Wells, June 7, 2021

This vessel carrying wheat left GrainCorp’s Geelong berth in early April. Photo: GrainCorp

AUSTRALIA exported 2.49 million tonnes (Mt) of wheat in April, up 8 per cent from 2.3Mt shipped in March, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

In bulk, Australia exported 2.27Mt, with Indonesia on a stunning 720,641t being the biggest customer in April, followed by Vietnam on 203,611t and China on 161,169t.

Bulk shipments to Indonesia in April sit behind only the  bulk wheat exports to China of 779,511t despatched in December in the current marketing year.

Both figures are in front of the biggest single-destination barley number seen, 667,123t to Saudi Arabia in March.

In containerised wheat exports, 224,048t was shipped in April, with Thailand on 75,499t the biggest market by far, followed by Vietnam on 36,224t and Malaysia on 26,297t.

Australia’s durum export continued at pace through April, and in the three months to April 30, 147,985t has been shipped in bulk to Italy, and 27,500t has gone to Nigeria.

USDA currently has Australia pencilled in to export 20Mt in the current shipping year which started October 1, and ABS data indicates 13.1Mt has been shipped in the Oct-Apr period.

This averages 1.87Mt per month, despite October and November jointly shipping around 860,000t ahead of big tonnages from southern states becoming available, and the 20Mt export figure looks easily achievable if 2Mt plus is shipped per month ahead of new crop.

 BOXED February March April Tonnes
China 4027 7505 12488 24020
Egypt 1655 2013 0 3667
Fiji 248 246 147 641
French Polynesia 0 124 0 124
Indonesia 34293 15659 13900 63852
Japan 1571 2670 0 4241
Kuwait 38954 0 0 38954
Laos 0 501 0 501
Malaysia 35935 62864 26297 125096
Myanmar 10475 4769 2062 17307
New Caledonia 2162 4518 2131 8810
New Zealand 2064 3450 5503 11017
Papua New Guinea 602 1307 0 1909
Philippines 1910 4821 1908 8640
Saudi Arabia 262 1019 511 1792
Singapore 500 1489 23071 25060
Solomon Islands 875 2066 793 3734
South Korea 2146 2487 2504 7137
Taiwan 19623 21278 20510 61410
Thailand 19494 18446 75499 113438
United Arab Emirates 21546 0 0 21546
United Kingdom 783 989 501 2272
Vietnam 54409 47367 36224 138000
DURUM
Malaysia 2 0 0 2
Taiwan 0 8 0 8
TOTAL 253537 205594 224048 683179

Table 1: Australian February, March and April 2021 containerised wheat and durum exports. Source: ABS

BULK February March April  Tonnes
Bangladesh 148169 0 13000 161169
Burundi 2962 0 8279 11241
China 0 182342 161169 343511
Egypt 63004 0 86002 149006
Fiji 12100 0 27244 39344
Indonesia 383672 360395 720641 1464708
Italy 32000 0 0 32000
Japan 109643 0 141808 251451
Kenya 44000 97699 71521 213220
Kuwait 47300 0 43356 90656
Madagascar 32307 0 0 32307
Malawi 10000 0 20400 30400
Malaysia 81200 93940 55552 230691
Mozambique 56484 8000 51094 115578
Myanmar 26649 500 5400 32549
New Zealand 54312 25307 0 79619
Nigeria 45980 0 0 45980
Oman 499 0 10595 11095
Papua New Guinea 16500 26070 0 42570
Philippines 226611 10715 93212 330537
Qatar 20800 0 0 20800
Rwanda 5923 8734 14711 29368
Saudi Arabia 58500 175495 0 233995
Singapore 14450 0 0 14450
South Africa 46482 161400 112030 319912
South Korea 145440 49500 54215 249155
Sri Lanka 106700 93165 51226 251091
Sudan 9091 144385 0 153476
Tanzania 30605 27888 32320 90813
Thailand 147004 57941 155679 360624
Uganda 0 42354 6500 48854
United Arab Emirates 22000 0 24200 46200
Vietnam 243113 348570 203611 795294
Yemen 30940 142700 48601 222241
Zambia 0 0 8000 8000
DURUM
Italy 82375 32610 33000 147985
Nigeria 14300 0 13200 27500
TOTAL 2371114 2089710 2266564 6727388

Table 2: Australian February, March and April 2021 bulk wheat and durum exports. Source: ABS

 

 

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