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Australia ships 300,646t barley, 32,641t sorghum in November

Liz Wells, January 11, 2021

A cargo of barley loads at Bunbury for export in November. Photo: Bunge WA

AUSTRALIA exported 300,646 tonnes of barley and 32,641t of sorghum in November, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

While the malting component of the November’s barley exports at 26,367t was down 29 per cent from the October tonnage, feed shipments rose 174pc to 274,279t.

Sorghum exports for November were down 4pc on the October total.

The volume buyers for the three commodities were Japan on malting barley, Thailand on feed barley and China on sorghum.

Market Check head of strategy Nick Crundall said November’s barley exports were the biggest monthly figure seen since April, with Thailand’s buying of feed continuing at an impressive rate.

“Even China managed to take 35,000t of our barley, despite the current rhetoric and tariffs in place,” Mr Crundall said.

“Looking on to December forward, export volumes are starting to better reflect the above-average supplies of the 2020-21 season, with volumes expected to nearly triple in December versus November.”

MALTING Sep Oct Nov Tonnes
China 33878 0 0 33878
Japan 1008 30800 22513 54321
New Zealand 243 487 0 730
Singapore 39 0 0 39
Taiwan 507 0 0 507
Thailand 1276 2828 1576 5681
Vietnam 21404 3195 2278 26878
TOTAL 58355 37310 26367 122033

Table 1: Malting barley exports for September, October and November 2020. Source: ABS

FEED Sep Oct Nov Tonnes
Bahrain 44 0 0 44
China 1108 0 33698 34806
Hong Kong 0 0 21 21
Japan 85841 500 26291 112632
Macau 5 0 0 5
Malaysia 368 0 242 610
Myanmar 0 0 456 456
New Caledonia 0 399 0 399
New Zealand 4630 0 0 4630
Papua New Guinea 0 260 0 260
Philippines 2188 398 656 3242
Qatar 0 0 74070 74070
Saudi Arabia 0 66000 0 66000
Singapore 3 0 4 7
South Korea 520 408 701 1628
Taiwan 2226 1275 3028 6529
Thailand 32852 32353 120144 185350
UAE 804 234 6853 7892
Vietnam 5349 6078 8115 19542
TOTAL 135938 107904 274279 518121

Table 2: Feed barley exports for September, October and November 2020. Source: ABS

SORGHUM Sep Oct Nov Tonnes
China 19336 30789 31471 81596
Japan 21 64 43 128
Kenya 22000 0 0 22000
Malaysia 0 23 0 23
Philippines 1379 3057 1127 5563
Saudi Arabia 144 0 0 144
Taiwan 599 200 0 799
TOTAL 43478 34133 32641 110253

Table 3: Sorghum exports for September, October and November 2020. Source: ABS

 

 

 

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