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Chickpea exports jump in May, lentils steady

Liz Wells, July 15, 2022

Bangladesh was the biggest market for Australian chickpeas and lentils shipped in May. It is largely a bulk customer, and some products go straight to plants like City Group’s flour, rice and red lentil mills. Photo: Buhler Group

AUSTRALIA exported 34,941 tonnes of chickpeas and 93,076t of lentils in April, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The chickpea figure is 28 per cent up from the April total of 27,245t, while the lentil figure is up 1pc on the month from 92,312t.

Bangladesh on 16,783t followed by Pakistan on 6371t and Nepal on 4354t were the biggest markets for chickpeas.

On lentils, Bangladesh was also the largest destination on 47,064t, followed by India on 32,439t and Sri Lanka on 9019t.

Australia’s May 2022 chickpea exports are 35pc below the 53,477t shipped in May 202.

On lentils, the May 2022 figure is up 46pc from the 63,684t shipped in May 2021.

CHICKPEAS Oct-Dec Jan-Mar April May Tonnes
Bangladesh 108471 153377 14486 16783 293117
Canada 2173 2311 2341 1503 8328
Egypt 2348 993 999 501 4841
Fiji 24 0 24 0 48
France 24 0 24 0 48
Greece 0 96 0 24 120
India 0 0 228 469 697
Israel 24 0 0 0 24
Italy 574 200 0 0 774
Japan 20 42 0 0 62
Jordan 184 46 20 0 250
Lebanon 23 0 0 23
Malaysia 478 502 96 72 1148
Mauritius 624 362 97 48 1131
Nepal 59234 9371 3669 4354 76628
Netherlands 71 24 0 0 95
New Zealand 80 129 63 110 382
Pakistan 14359 25209 1099 6371 47038
Portugal 24 0 0 0 24
Romania 24 48 0 0 72
Saudi Arabia 128 0 0 1296 1424
Singapore 264 291 168 73 796
South Africa 542 216 167 48 973
South Korea 168 168 23 0 359
Spain 0 48 0 0 48
Sri Lanka 573 409 47 178 1207
Switzerland 0 0 0 3 3
Taiwan 0 116 0 0 116
Thailand 56 62 0 48 166
Turkey 6494 1498 0 506 8498
UAE 10187 4623 2018 1687 18515
UK 3047 2935 1599 730 8311
US 604 835 77 137 1653
Vietnam 120 0 0 0 120
Yemen 190 46 0 0 236
TOTAL 211109 203980 27245 34941 477275

Table 1: Australian chickpea exports from October 2021 to May 2022. Source: ABS

LENTILS Oct-Dec Jan-Mar Apr May Tonnes
Bangladesh 18623 173632 48143 47064 287462
Egypt 25754 40016 3842 0 69612
Fiji 24 0 0 0 24
India 48954 22329 27428 32439 131150
Indonesia 9 2 0 4 15
Japan 0 47 0 0 47
Jordan 96 0 0 0 96
Lebanon 24 75 0 0 99
Malaysia 451 196 152 0 799
Mauritius 240 266 125 293 924
Nepal 7780 7564 1256 3253 19853
New Zealand 26 37 77 82 222
Pakistan 1128 7285 632 900 9945
Papua New Guinea 0 0 1 0 1
Philippines 0 0 1 0 1
Singapore 2 0 2 0 4
South Africa 565 334 96 0 995
South Korea 47 71 0 0 118
Sri Lanka 24991 21448 10557 9019 66015
Taiwan 46 23 0 0 69
Turkey 4267 1128 0 22 5417
United Arab Emirates 9247 32330 0 0 41577
TOTAL 142274 306783 92312 93076 634445

Table 2: Australian lentil exports from October 2021 to May 2022. Source: ABS

 

 

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