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Australia ships 71,469t chickpeas, 67,800t lentils in Sep

Liz Wells, November 7, 2022

Grower Stewart Johns inspects his crop of lentils at Alford on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula.

AUSTRALIA exported 71,469 tonnes of chickpeas and 67,800t of lentils in September, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Pakistan was the biggest market by far for chickpeas, taking 57,928t for September, well ahead of Nepal on 6039t in second place.

The Pakistan volume indicates a switch to bulk business from containers, which remain expensive and unreliable.

On lentils, Bangladesh on 20,155t was the biggest market, followed by India on 16,367t.

September chickpea exports more than doubled from the August total of 33,220t, and represent the release of old-crop stocks ahead of the new-crop harvest in Central Queensland which is now well advanced.

The total volume of lentils exported in September was up slightly from the August total, despite running into stiff competition from Canada which is shipping its new crop in volume after last year’s drought-reduced harvest.

CHICKPEAS April May Jun Jly Aug Sep Total
Bangladesh 14486 16299 1547 1229 69 2646 36276
Canada 2341 1228 1456 840 1363 766 7995
Egypt 999 501 497 836 0 381 3214
Fiji 24 0 24 39 0 22 109
France 24 0 0 0 0 24 48
Greece 0 24 0 0 24 0 48
India 228 469 236 0 0 0 932
Indonesia 0 0 8 8 23 0 40
Israel 0 0 24 24 0 24 72
Italy 0 0 0 24 0 72 96
Japan 0 0 24 0 24 0 48
Jordan 20 0 0 0 0 0 20
Malaysia 96 72 0 120 192 97 577
Mauritius 97 48 266 120 24 241 796
Nepal 3669 3802 2137 2161 1745 6039 19553
Netherlands 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
New Zealand 63 110 69 70 64 109 485
Pakistan 1099 4874 8921 29321 26915 57928 129058
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 44 44
Saudi Arabia 0 721 1564 500 0 0 2786
Singapore 144 73 144 76 96 120 653
South Africa 167 48 47 0 48 0 310
South Korea 23 0 72 24 47 24 190
Sri Lanka 47 48 369 124 126 583 1298
Taiwan 0 0 0 96 66 0 162
Thailand 0 48 15 26 23 71 183
Turkey 0 506 752 0 0 0 1258
UAE 2018 1186 1572 1122 569 1104 7571
UK 1599 730 1009 1676 1561 993 7567
US 77 117 452 107 117 135 1005
Vietnam 0 0 0 0 124 0 124
Yemen 0 0 46 0 0 46 92
TONNES 27220 30903 21276 38544 33220 71469 222633

Table 1: Australian chickpea exports for April to September 2022. Source: ABS

LENTILS Apr May Jun Jly Aug Sep Tonnes
Bahrain 0 0 0 1008 505 751 2263
Bangladesh 48143 46814 2350 47538 11143 20155 176143
Egypt 3842 0 21639 0 6130 1018 32629
France 0 0 0 0 10 0 10
India 27428 32164 2761 28718 22808 16367 130246
Indonesia 0 3 5 0 0 0 8
Japan 0 0 24 48 24 0 96
Lebanon 0 0 72 0 0 0 72
Malaysia 152 0 0 0 0 0 152
Mauritius 125 293 25 0 194 25 662
Nepal 1256 2503 1746 1384 6446 3969 17304
New Zealand 77 62 53 39 23 51 306
Pakistan 632 1023 8076 16578 1518 891 28717
Singapore 0 0 0 0 0 27 27
South Africa 96 0 24 0 0 50 170
South Korea 0 0 72 0 0 72 144
Sri Lanka 10557 8471 8612 7892 13463 10910 59905
Taiwan 0 0 0 0 46 0 46
Thailand 0 0 0 0 0 24 24
Turkey 0 22 508 0 0 0 530
UAE 0 0 27500 0 0 13488 40988
 TOTAL 92308 91355 73466 103205 62309 67800 490442

Table 2: Australian lentil exports for April to September 2022. Source: ABS

 

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