Export

Australia exports 1.15Mt canola in 1H20

Liz Wells, August 21, 2020

WA is the major source of Australia’s exported canola. Photo: Minginew Irwin Group

AUSTRALIA exported 1.15 million tonnes (Mt) of canola in the half year to June 30, with China, The Netherlands and Germany the biggest customers by far, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

June exports at 60,487t were down 63 per cent from the May total of 165,569t, and represent the tailing off in shipments seen mid year, when European crushers switch to local supplies and Australian stocks run down.

The biggest shipment month for Australia’s 2019-20 canola was March, when 338,393t was shipped, and more than half went to The Netherlands.

Drought in New South Wales last year meant eastern Australia had a very small export surplus, and South Australia and Western Australia have most of the bulk canola vessels in the current marketing year.

WA bulk handler CBH Group has advised it has 29,354t of canola at its four ports as at August 12, and export, and port stocks in SA and Victoria are believed to be even smaller.

According to the latest Lachstock Consulting Vessel Activity Report based on analysis of ABS data, WA shipped 61pc of Australia’s Jan-Jun canola exports, with 24pc from SA, 15pc from Victoria, and only 1327t from NSW.

CANOLA Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Tonnes
Belgium 108040 20301 0 0 0 0 128341
Canada 0 1 26 15 0 0 42
China 46385 51747 88730 4987 91136 56261 339246
Germany 64340 75056 39600 65866 60500 0 305362
Japan 111 11495 6833 1289 8802 2421 30950
Kenya 5 0 0 1 0 0 6
Kuwait 0 0 0 14 0 0 14
Malaysia 3570 0 4706 2978 4174 1081 16509
Myanmar 0 0 480 0 0 0 480
Nepal 725 1000 19 0 312 0 2055
Netherlands 64900 0 188694 63492 0 0 317085
New Zealand 512 504 503 506 258 0 2283
South Africa 68 53 0 0 0 0 121
South Korea 0 0 1179 0 387 725 2291
Thailand 0 1958 7624 0 0 0 9582
US 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 288657 162115 338393 139147 165569 60487 1154368

Table 1: Australia’s January-June canola exports. Source: ABS

 

 

 

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  1. Philip Burrill, August 21, 2020

    Excellent ‘content rich’ series of articles in recent weeks, providing a helpful overview of grain production and exports . Interesting to see export volumes and destinations. Informative, many thanks.

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