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Australian Jan chickpea, lentil exports up from Dec

Liz Wells, March 15, 2021

Australian exports of lentils and also chickpeas rose in January from December. Photo: Pixabay

AUSTRALIA exported 186,798 tonnes of chickpeas in January, up 74 per cent from the December figure, while lentil exports for the month were up 4pc to 98,071t, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Bangladesh on 137,045t bought 73pc of the January-shipment chickpeas, with Pakistan on 33,480t the second-biggest market.

Bangladesh was also the volume buyer of lentils with 33,524t, followed closely by Egypt on 31,281t.

Combination cargoes of faba beans and lentils to Egypt, and chickpeas, lentils and wheat to Bangladesh have been highly supportive of shipment volumes as containers continue to be in short supply.

Trade sources report logistics problems and the high cost of doing container business have pushed a larger-than-normal tonnage of chickpeas and lentils into the bulk market.

Nov Dec Jan Tonnes
Bangladesh 18754 46206 137045 202005
Belgium 120 0 72 192
Canada 371 234 250 854
Egypt 0 110 99 209
Fiji 0 19 0 19
France 24 0 0 24
Greece 0 24 0 24
India 1822 177 243 2242
Israel 0 24 0 24
Italy 166 164 48 378
Japan 15 0 0 15
Jordan 0 0 96 96
Kuwait 0 0 96 96
Malaysia 193 96 189 479
Mauritius 120 96 169 385
Nepal 7192 10529 3860 21581
Netherlands 0 48 0 48
New Zealand 24 38 27 89
Oman 48 0 0 48
Pakistan 24307 37759 33480 95546
Qatar 168 265 167 600
Romania 0 24 0 24
Saudi Arabia 383 299 416 1098
Singapore 24 98 144 266
South Africa 0 47 168 215
South Korea 0 24 0 24
Sri Lanka 345 25 391 762
Thailand 50 23 48 121
Turkey 0 0 246 246
UAE 5800 9098 7359 22256
UK 1926 1957 1925 5808
US 332 185 166 682
Yemen 0 46 92 138
TOTAL 62184 107613 186798 356595

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

LENTILS Nov Dec Jan Tonnes
Bangladesh 8511 13950 33524 55986
Belgium 0 0 101 101
Egypt 5555 3691 31281 40527
India 5905 39865 2505 48275
Indonesia 0 4 1 5
Japan 0 23 0 23
Jordan 0 23 0 23
Lebanon 48 0 48 96
Malaysia 0 0 172 172
Mauritius 25 0 24 49
Nepal 1768 5898 2826 10492
New Zealand 0 10 37 47
Pakistan 1781 7344 8487 17613
South Africa 73 150 0 223
South Korea 0 70 0 70
Sri Lanka 9523 14482 11260 35266
Sweden 0 0 12 12
Turkey 503 5321 2763 8587
UAE 1257 3879 5028 10164
Yemen 24 0 0 24
TOTAL 34974 94710 98071 227755

Table 2: Australian lentil exports for November and December 2020 and January 2021. Source: ABS

 

 

 

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