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Australian chickpea, lentil exports dip in July

Liz Wells, September 13, 2021

A chickpea crop at Capella in Central Queensland photographed earlier this month and close to harvest. Photo: Michael Vaughan, ADM

AUSTRALIA exported 44,808 tonnes of chickpeas and 66,862t of lentils in July, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Pakistan was once again the biggest market by far for chickpea exports, taking 30,733t, or 69 per cent, of July shipments, which were down 15pc from the June total.

Lentil exports were down 7pc from the June total, with Bangladesh followed by Sri Lanka being the biggest markets for July shipment.

Australian exports of lentils are expected to rise sharply in August following the Indian Government’s announcement in late July of a drop in its tariff to 10pc from 30pc.

With sorghum and wheat dominating nearby shipping slots at Queensland ports, Australia’s bulk chickpea exports look like they will be slow to get going this season.

The earliest chickpea crops in Central Queensland are very close to harvest, and are expected to fill container slots ex Brisbane before new-crop bulk kicks in in December once southern Queensland new-crop becomes available.

CHICKPEAS May June July Tonnes
Bangladesh 2335 850 4508 7692
Canada 741 689 1000 2430
Egypt 129 0 150 279
Fiji 0 0 49 49
India 1654 983 564 3201
Israel 24 24 0 48
Italy 24 96 144 264
Japan 0 22 0 22
Malaysia 72 24 96 192
Mauritius 169 73 72 314
Nepal 2162 3693 1886 7741
New Zealand 16 94 138 248
Pakistan 39106 37611 30733 107450
Saudi Arabia 1073 442 0 1515
Singapore 24 74 26 124
South Africa 71 23 0 94
South Korea 24 0 48 72
Sri Lanka 473 298 150 921
Thailand 25 32 0 57
Turkey 24 0 0 24
United Arab Emirates 4510 6560 4262 15331
UK 645 862 826 2333
US 176 117 156 449
TOTAL 53477 52565 44808 150850

Table 1: Australian lentil exports in May, June and July 2021. Source: ABS

LENTILS May June July Tonnes
Bangladesh 29785 27165 31581 88532
Egypt 0 13151 0 13151
Fiji 0 22 0 22
India 150 6855 7150 14155
Indonesia 0 5 0 5
Japan 24 0 0 24
Malaysia 0 0 145 145
Mauritius 244 50 22 316
Nepal 2122 2569 3769 8460
New Zealand 8 55 15 78
Pakistan 7818 4864 3477 16159
Singapore 0 2 0 2
South Africa 165 0 25 190
South Korea 0 48 24 72
Sri Lanka 22923 15834 13560 52316
Turkey 0 0 5 5
UAE 445 749 7089 8283
TOTAL 63684 71370 66862 201915

Table 2: Australian lentil exports in May, June and July 2021. Source: ABS

 

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