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Australian Dec wheat exports surge 45pc to 2.2Mt

Liz Wells, February 14, 2022

Wheat is added to the stack at GrainCorp’s site at Rainbow in the Victorian Mallee last month. Photo: GrainCorp

AUSTRALIA exported 2,213,001 tonnes of wheat in December, up 45 per cent from the 1,524,772t shipped in November, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

China on 714,842t was the biggest customer by far, taking around one third of total exports, followed by Indonesia on 231,859t, followed by Japan on 173,933t and Malaysia on 172,202t.

In containerised exports, Vietnam on 60,236t was the biggest buyer, followed by Thailand on 25,316t and Taiwan on 25,024t.

Monthly totals are expected to increase further in January before peaking in February, as full volume from all states is achieved.

In its most recent Australian Export Vessel Lineups report, Lachstock Consulting said the February shipping stem holds 2.5 million tonnes (Mt) of wheat.

It described wheat as “the relative battler”, with pulse, canola and barley cargoes competing successful for time on terminal berths.

“With the recent performance and the shorter month, we can expect that Feb number to roll a chunk into March.

“If achieved…it would put the Western Australian number at 1.1Mt, a record for the season, and pushing above that magic number for the first time.”

BOXED Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Tonnes
China 7288 12469 14655 11561 22844 21965 90782
Egypt 0 0 0 747 0 0 747
Fiji 0 0 0 0 49 198 247
French Polynesia 124 0 0 126 126 0 376
Hong Kong 0 0 267 0 263 286 816
Indonesia 14176 38373 3833 5432 7109 14591 83514
Japan 0 0 0 305 0 0 305
Laos 497 0 0 0 0 0 497
Malaysia 47611 29472 2296 21045 41843 22953 165220
Myanmar 25852 2248 25951 1898 3539 1797 61285
New Caledonia 747 2943 3338 1931 2168 3041 14168
New Zealand 4204 4455 4943 1356 859 3400 19217
Papua New Guinea 402 303 200 275 725 251 2156
Philippines 9836 5810 13988 9779 14617 11247 65277
Singapore 2003 3491 501 6357 4525 3195 20072
Solomon Islands 0 2113 1622 0 1027 687 5449
South Korea 511 1003 2296 0 2625 565 7000
Taiwan 24380 13766 31495 30233 37494 25024 162392
Thailand 74422 12199 23023 36287 53367 25316 224614
UK 0 152 402 0 0 521 1075
Vietnam 52263 71785 26629 66980 35342 60236 313235
DURUM
China 0 0 0 440 0 0 440
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 258 258
Malaysia 0 9 0 0 0 0 9
New Zealand 0 0 0 374 752 494 1620
Taiwan 1 0 0 0 0 15 16
Vietnam 0 0 0 46 0 0 46
TOTAL 264317 200591 155438 195172 229274 196040 1240833

Table 1: Containerised Australian wheat and durum exports for July to December 2021. Source: ABS

BULK Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Tonnes
Bahrain 0 0 27500 0 0 27500 55000
Bangladesh 0 0 67000 20690 48695 43560 179945
China 255401 127900 117060 242820 586152 692877 2022210
Egypt 0 61900 0 32950 0 0 94850
Fiji 43256 0 36354 0 9000 0 88610
Indonesia 656623 213901 114269 185011 211700 217268 1598772
Italy 0 0 27919 0 0 0 27919
Japan 74469 181306 82710 128238 5918 173933 646574
Kenya 23725 0 0 0 0 0 23725
Kuwait 80683 0 50096 45077 45025 44750 265631
Malawi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Malaysia 22000 92525 0 33000 69731 149249 366505
Mozambique 0 0 0 52702 49000 0 101702
Myanmar 0 52911 0 27499 0 46424 126834
New Zealand 49770 23158 62857 32194 30000 62178 260157
Oman 0 0 6070 0 0 0 6070
Papua New Guinea 16500 24200 44500 0 18834 26070 130104
Philippines 134005 284483 83760 43960 160439 79513 786160
Qatar 0 0 21000 0 0 20983 41983
Saudi Arabia 0 57400 0 0 0 55450 112850
Singapore 14308 0 0 0 17999 14300 46607
South Korea 74760 124548 211210 68345 0 93500 572363
Sri Lanka 0 132000 64518 0 0 0 196518
Tanzania 9525 0 0 0 44000 53525
Taiwan 0 0 0 0 1000 0 1000
Thailand 0 500 2059 3277 504 32436 38775
Uganda 8750 0 0 0 0 0 8750
UAE 0 0 0 24332 0 8800 33132
Vietnam 90371 370994 3701 224814 41250 66557 797687
Yemen 108328 107000 0 53750 0 117613 386691
Zambia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DURUM
Italy 0 56322 50500 27706 0 0 134528
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philippines 0 0 0 251 251 0 502
Thailand 500 0 0 0 0 0 500
TOTAL 1662974 1911048 1073083 1246614 1295498 2016961 9206179

Table 2: Bulk Australian wheat and durum exports for July to December 2021. Source: ABS

 

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