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Australia ships 82,362t chickpeas, 137,976t lentils in Jan

Liz Wells, March 14, 2022

Australian lentil exports are on the increase. Photo: Pulse Australia

AUSTRALIA exported 82,362 tonnes of chickpeas and 137,976t of lentils in January, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The chickpea figure is up 12 per cent from the 73,520t shipped in December, while the lentil figure has jumped a startling 170pc from 51,091t.

In January, Bangladesh on 69,172t was the biggest market for chickpeas by far, followed by Pakistan on 5048t and Nepal on 2071t.

The ongoing problems in booking containers at workable rates to South Asia remains a massive problem for Australian pulse exporters, and continues to push a larger-than-normal proportion of product into bulk.

Last month, India announced it had cuts its tariff on Australian and Canadian lentils to zero, and its tariff on US lentils to 20pc from 30pc, and these rates are currently expected to stand until September.

The tariff cut has sparked a further increase in exports from Australia, which produced a record crop estimated by ABARES at 839,000t from 495,000 hectares in its latest Australian Crop Report released earlier this month.

The 2021-crop is well up on the previous biggest crop of 680,000t from 276,000ha grown in 2016-17.

On chickpeas, ABARES now estimates 2021-22 production at 1.1 million tonnes (Mt) from 616,000ha, the biggest crop grown since the record-holding 2016-17 harvest of 2Mt from 1.1Mha.

While export demand for early-harvested chickpeas which beat the rain remains solid out of Central Queensland ports, rain-affected peas are hard to shift.

On lentils, Bangladesh on 84,696t, the United Arab Emirates on 20,720t and India on 11,630t were the biggest markets.

CHICKPEAS Nov Dec Jan  Tonnes
Bangladesh 18733 62137 69172 150042
Canada 978 577 1141 2696
Egypt 1263 577 0 1840
Fiji 0 24 0 24
France 24 0 0 24
Italy 310 192 200 702
Japan 0 20 0 20
Jordan 0 184 46 230
Malaysia 72 334 116 522
Mauritius 120 240 168 528
Nepal 51001 4079 2071 57151
Netherlands 48 23 24 95
New Zealand 0 56 30 86
Pakistan 5098 1698 5048 11844
Romania 0 24 24 48
Saudi Arabia 128 0 0 128
Singapore 48 120 96 264
South Africa 136 191 48 375
South Korea 120 0 168 288
Sri Lanka 98 273 129 500
Thailand 24 6 34 64
Turkey 2436 878 498 3812
UAE 5836 125 1368 7329
UK 1204 1324 1509 4037
US 133 272 472 877
Vietnam 48 72 0 120
Yemen 0 94 0 94
TOTAL 87858 73520 82362 243740

Table 1: Australian chickpea exports in November and December 2021 and January 2022. Source: ABS

LENTILS Nov Dec Jan  Tonnes
Bangladesh 15595 1013 84696 101304
Egypt 6426 1203 8400 16029
Fiji 24 0 0 24
India 6653 36045 11630 54328
Indonesia 7 1 2 10
Japan 0 24 24
Jordan 0 96 0 96
Lebanon 0 0 75 75
Malaysia 299 152 196 647
Mauritius 0 240 0 240
Myanmar 0 0 0 0
Nepal 1828 1122 3635 6585
New Zealand 0 26 0 26
Pakistan 755 373 877 2005
Singapore 0 0 0 0
South Africa 25 515 144 684
South Korea 23 24 48 95
Sri Lanka 7805 8850 7404 24059
Taiwan 0 0 0 0
Turkey 2124 1130 125 3379
UAE 252 301 20720 21273
Vietnam 0 0 0 0
Yemen 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 41816 51091 137976 230883

Table 2: Australian lentil exports in November and December 2021 and January 2022. Source: ABS

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