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Australia’s Nov chickpea exports up 82pc, lentils up 3pc

Liz Wells, January 20, 2021

AUSTRALIA exported 73,698 tonnes of chickpeas and 36,9466t of lentils in November, up 82 per cent and 3pc respectively from October tonnages, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Pakistan was the biggest buyer of Australian chickpeas in November 2020. Photo: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

November chickpea exports reflect availability of volume new-crop tonnage from the Queensland harvest, with the container-only destination, Pakistan, the major market on 28,575t, followed by bulk customer Bangladesh on 22,005t.

On lentils, Sri Lanka on 10,500t and Bangladesh on 8761t were the leading destinations for November exports.

While chickpeas are a major export from Queensland ports, pulses generally are taking a back seat to wheat, barley and canola in southern ports as new-crop exports hit full pace across southern Australia.

Lentils appear to be making up part cargoes, combined with either wheat to South Asia or faba beans to Egypt.

 

CHICKPEAS Sep Oct Nov Tonnes
Bangladesh 10838 14977 22005 47819
Belgium 20 0 120 140
Canada 547 671 401 1619
France 0 24 24 48
Greece 0 24 0 24
India 1243 3551 1822 6616
Israel 0 48 0 48
Italy 48 24 166 238
Japan 10 15 25
Lebanon 0 24 0 24
Malaysia 72 72 193 337
Mauritius 50 167 120 337
Nepal 2530 5935 9434 17900
New Zealand 0 24 24 48
Oman 0 0 48 48
Pakistan 5239 8245 28575 42060
Qatar 72 120 168 360
Romania 0 24 0 24
Saudi Arabia 0 0 383 383
Singapore 96 48 24 169
South Africa 24 24 0 48
Sri Lanka 215 317 420 952
Thailand 0 38 50 88
UAEs 3295 4331 7308 14934
UK 1130 1664 2022 4816
US 62 124 376 561
Yemen 48 0 0 48
TOTAL 25530 40486 73698 139714

Table 1: Australian chickpea exports for September, October and November 2020. Source: ABS

LENTILS Sep Oct Nov Tonnes
Bangladesh 5370 9756 8761 23887
Egypt 146 396 6099 6641
India 7265 3769 5771 16806
Lebanon 0 23 48 71
Mauritius 25 0 25 50
Nepal 4981 2582 1893 9456
New Zealand 10 15 10 35
Pakistan 2812 8884 1783 13478
South Africa 24 0 73 97
South Korea 48 0 0 48
Sri Lanka 5103 10404 10500 26007
Turkey 0 0 503 503
UAE 0 48 1457 1505
Vietnam 0 0 0 0
Yemen 125 0 24 149
TOTAL 25910 35876 36946 98733

Table 2: Australian lentil exports for September, October and November 2020. Source: ABS

 

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