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Australian Feb barley exports up 7pc, sorghum drops

Liz Wells, April 12, 2021

Barley has featured heavily in this quarter’s hectic shipment program, with ports including Esperance in WA loading many cargoes. Photo: George Cook, Southern Ports

AUSTRALIA exported 870,566 tonnes of feed barley, 59,280t of malting barley and 15,656t of sorghum in February, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Total malting and feed barley exports for February totalled 929,846t, up 7 per cent from 872,891t shipped in January.

Saudi Arabia purchased 501,871t of feed barley, its biggest monthly tonnage of Australian barley in years, while Vietnam was the biggest market for malting barley.

Japan was the second-biggest buyer in both barley segments.

China was the biggest buyer of sorghum shipped in February, with total sorghum shipments down 71pc from the January figure.

Market Check head of strategy Nick Crundall said the February barley numbers have extended the streak of strong volumes in the season to date.

“Saudi is proving to be our baseline export destination, importing a whopping 500,000t of feed for the month,” Mr Crundall said.

“Japan and Thailand also took some volume which helped boost exports, as global barley importers take advantage of our cheap supply to increase their inventories.

“The March shipping stem is looking very healthy as well, with around one million tonnes expected to leave our shores and help clear the decks of 2020-21 supplies.”

While sorghum shipments in February in February were modest, Mr Crundall said an upswing can be expected from here on in as new-crop tonnage enables bulk exports.

MALTING Dec Jan Feb Tonnes
Japan 504 1008 21000 22513
Mexico 0 34865 0 34865
New Zealand 233 0 0 233
Thailand 747 1639 1871 4257
Vietnam 24794 340 36409 61543
TOTAL 26278 37852 59280 123410

Table 1: Australian exports of malting barley in December 2020 and January and February 2021. Source: ABS

FEED Dec Jan Feb Tonnes
Bahrain 43 64 0 107
Hong Kong 9 0 12 21
Indonesia 978 976 972 2926
Japan 90255 61555 149722 301532
Kuwait 79226 38248 0 117474
Malaysia 198 129 0 327
Myanmar 649 301 1309 2259
New Caledonia 399 111 115 625
New Zealand 0 12542 6600 19142
Oman 19284 0 0 19284
Philippines 4430 2534 17507 24472
Qatar 18800 52000 15000 85800
Saudi Arabia 396011 441125 501871 1339007
Singapore 3 0 0 3
South Korea 832 14598 300 15730
Taiwan 3513 2980 1744 8237
Thailand 216706 122305 94052 433064
UAE 55977 33101 13215 102293
Vietnam 63760 52470 68145 184375
TOTAL 951073 835039 870566 2656679

Table 2: Australian exports of feed barley in December 2020 and January and February 2021. Source: ABS

SORGHUM Dec Jan Feb Tonnes
China 22454 10094 10117 42664
Japan 44 22 43 108
Kenya 1452 39283 0 40734
Philippines 1051 1612 537 3200
Saudi Arabia 96 0 96 192
Taiwan 1245 2696 4863 8804
TOTAL 26340 53707 15656 95703

Table 3: Australian exports of sorghum in December 2020 and January and February 2021. Source: ABS

 

 

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