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Australian Jan barley exports drop, sorghum doubles: ABS

Liz Wells, March 8, 2021

AUSTRALIA exported 880,361 tonnes of barley and 54,464t of sorghum in January, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The maiden cargo of Australian malting barley bound for Mexico left CBH’s Albany terminal in January. Pictured at the berth are CBH Group head of accumulation Trevor Lucas, Albany region barley growers Nicole Read, Darren Baum, Lachy Mcfarlane and Bill Bailey, and CBH business relationship manager Rodney Scott. Photo: Nic Duncan

Despite malting shipments increasing from December, the total feed and malting figure is down 10 per cent from 977,351t exported in December, while the sorghum figure is up 106pc on December shipments of 26,340t.

Market Check head of strategy Nick Crundall said while the January numbers were down on the month, volumes were still very strong.

“Pushing nearly one million tonnes of barley out a month is a great result and indicative of how cheap Aussie barley is on the world stage,” Mr Crundall said.

“Saudi Arabia has been shouldering the export task, again being the biggest home for our feed barley in January.”

Shipments of barley to Saudi rose 11 per cent in January from December, with another big month expected for February.

“Thailand also continues to impress, taking another wedge in January, while February-March should be no different.”

On the sorghum front, a shipment to Kenya propped up volume, while containerised sales to China were also significant.

“As new-crop becomes available, sorghum exports will start to tick higher.”

Nov Dec Jan Tonnes
Japan 22009 504 1008 23521
Mexico 0 0 34865 34865
New Zealand 0 233 0 233
Thailand 1576 747 2100 4424
Vietnam 1612 24794 340 26746
TOTAL 25197 26278 38313 89788

Table 1: Australian malting barley exports for November and December 2020 and January 2021. Source: ABS

FEED Nov Dec Jan Tonnes
Bahrain 0 43 64 107
China 33698 0 0 33698
Hong Kong 21 9 0 30
Indonesia 0 978 976 1954
Japan 26291 90255 61555 178101
Kuwait 0 79226 38248 117474
Malaysia 242 198 129 570
Myanmar 456 649 1301 2406
New Caledonia 0 399 226 625
New Zealand 0 0 12542 12542
Oman 0 19284 0 19284
Philippines 536 4430 2919 7885
Qatar 74070 18800 52000 144869
Saudi Arabia 0 396011 441125 837136
Singapore 4 3 0 7
South Korea 701 832 14598 16130
Taiwan 3028 3513 2980 9520
Thailand 120144 216706 123140 459990
UAE 6853 55977 33101 95931
Vietnam 7559 63760 57145 128463
TOTAL 273603 951073 842048 2066724

Table 1: Australian feed barley exports for November and December 2020 and January 2021. Source: ABS

SORGHUM Nov Dec Jan Tonnes
China 24628 22454 10578 57660
Japan 43 44 22 108
Kenya 0 1452 39283 40734
Malaysia 0 0 23 23
Philippines 978 1051 1862 3891
Saudi Arabia 0 96 0 96
Taiwan 0 1245 2696 3941
TOTAL 25649 26340 54464 106452

Table 3: Australian sorghum exports for November and December 2020 and January 2021. Source: ABS

 

 

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