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Australia ships 298,319t barley to China in March

Liz Wells, May 10, 2019

AUSTRALIAN barley exports to China have continued apace, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures which show 249,659 tonnes of malting and 48,659t of feed was shipped in March.

While the total March tonnage of 298,319t is 22.5 per cent below the February-shipment figure of 384,891t, it shows Australian barley to its biggest market has been booked for delivery to China, which is in the midst of an anti-dumping investigation into the historical pricing of Australian barley.

Barley shipments to all export destinations also fell in March, with 423,816t shipped, down from 502,542t in February.

This is hardly surprising, given the steady flow of barley being freighted from South Australia and Western Australia to supply eastern states, where last year’s drought-hit crop has left maltsters and feed millers in deficit based on local stocks.

Sorghum exports also tell the tale of a hot and dry summer in New South Wales and Queensland, with a small crop produced which has left little for containerised shipments, and none for bulk to date.

 

MALTING Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Tonnes
China 0 0 354405 338447 357358 249659 1299869
Japan 20600 20600 0 21017 6180 0 68397
Malaysia 187 104 0 0 0 0 292
New Zealand 2280 941 994 0 0 0 4214
Thailand 0 332 0 0 196 0 528
Vietnam 961 2891 5706 11192 12508 2012 35270
TONNES 24028 24868 361104 370656 376242 251671 1408570

Table 1: ABS export data for Australian malting barley shipped from October 2018 to March 2019.

 

FEED Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Tonnes
China 400 0 535296 33503 27533 48659 645391
Hong Kong 14 9 6 14 11 16 70
Indonesia 0 0 22 0 0 22
Japan 0 0 80050 0 88068 27050 195168
Korea 100 720 414 301 930 993 3457
Macau 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Malaysia 0 0 420 204 168 0 792
New Caledonia 132 2 15 0 15 196 360
Pakistan 0 0 0 0 243 943 1186
Papua New Guinea 44 83 50 40 0 88 305
Philippines 67 328 247 188 465 775 2070
Qatar 0 0 22000 0 0 24273 46273
Saudi Arabia 0 66000 0 0 0 0 66000
Singapore 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Taiwan 1426 905 2960 4736 2112 2874 15012
Thailand 2242 2302 1332 2497 3611 56929 68912
UAE 0 44095 11000 312 730 960 57098
Vietnam 0 0 1775 1860 2411 8387 14433
TONNES 4425 114443 655565 43676 126300 172145 1116555

Table 2: ABS export data for Australian malting barley shipped from October 2018 to March 2019.

 

SORGHUM Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Tonnes
China 2472 0 0 0 0 2996 5468
Fiji 0 251 0 0 0 0 251
Malaysia 23 0 0 0 0 0 23
Philippines 0 200 200 198 200 400 1197
Taiwan 194 300 399 100 249 2096 3339
TONNES 2690 751 599 298 449 5491 10278

Table 3: ABS export data for Australian sorghum shipped from October 2018 to March 2019.

 

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