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Dec chickpeas exports triple, lentils double

Liz Wells, February 5, 2024

Lentil exports surged in December 2023 to reflect new-crop availability out of South Australia and Victoria. Photo: dirt9y) inc.

AUSTRALIA exported 94,763 tonnes of chickpeas and 237,345t of lentils in December, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The chickpea figure is close to triple the amount shipped in November to reflect volume exports to Bangladesh, which at 74,574t accounted for 79pc of the monthly total.

Increased shipments to Bangladesh point to a building-up of stocks ahead of Ramadan.

The second and third-largest destinations for December chickpea exports respectively were Nepal on 4352t and the United Arab Emirates on 4010t.

Lentil exports in December were almost double the 119,134t shipped in November to reflect new-crop availability out of South Australian and Victorian ports.

India on 152,407t represented 64pc of Australia’s December lentil exports, with Turkiye on 27,100t and Bangladesh on 22,204t the second and third-largest markets respectively for the month.

CHICKPEAS Oct Nov Dec TONNES
Bangladesh 6033 6624 74574 87231
Canada 1228 1775 736 3738
Egypt 248 0 125 372
Fiji 0 0 25 25
India 1031 463 3117 4611
Indonesia 0 0 25 25
Italy 166 165 197 527
Japan 0 22 43 65
Lebanon 0 0 48 48
Malaysia 162 141 484 787
Mauritius 198 50 150 398
Nepal 8022 3426 4352 15799
Netherlands 0 0 125 125
New Zealand 195 68 45 308
Pakistan 41500 3483 3311 48295
Saudi Arabia 0 72 48 120
Singapore 165 70 222 457
South Africa 0 11 95 106
South Korea 188 133 49 370
Sri Lanka 504 422 219 1146
Thailand 382 1106 0 1488
Turkiye 0 0 678 678
UAE 19384 13175 4010 36568
UK 978 581 1191 2750
US 21 908 796 1725
Yemen 24 0 100 124
TOTAL 80426 32697 94763 207886

Table 1: Australia’s October, November and December 2023 chickpea exports. Source: ABS

LENTILS Oct Nov Dec
Bahrain 762 1106 110 1978
Bangladesh 3150 645 22204 25999
Canada 0 0 2 2
Egypt 3252 1603 2384 7238
Fiji 0 0 1 1
India 59172 99156 152407 310736
Indonesia 0 1 1 2
Japan 23 0 0 23
Malaysia 503 0 101 604
Mauritius 49 73 24 146
Nepal 4614 4160 1194 9968
New Zealand 24 0 12 36
Pakistan 11046 4206 7581 22833
Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 1
South Africa 0 0 116 116
South Korea 0 0 24 24
Sri Lanka 13302 7429 9041 29772
Turkiye 0 503 27100 27603
UAE 1749 250 15014 17013
UK 0 0 25 25
US 0 0 7 7
Yemen 48 0 0 48
Zimbabwe 24 0 0 24
TOTAL 97717 119134 237345 454196

Table 2: Australia’s October, November and December 2023 lentil exports. Source: ABS

 

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