Export

Australia exports 269,386t barley in May, down 60pc from April

Liz Wells, July 3, 2020

Barley sales to China fell markedly in May. Photo: YoLong Brewtech

AUSTRALIA exported 269,386 tonnes of barley in May, down 60 per cent from the 679,775t shipped in April, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The drop is largely attributable to China introducing a hefty tariff on Australian barley in May which exporters were not surprised to see as the outcome of its anti-dumping investigation into historic pricing.

Ahead of the expected announcement, shippers front-loaded their sales programs to get all the vessels they could into China in April

Exports to China accounted for 234,622t of total May barley shipments.

“We managed to still get 235K into China before the implementation which helped elevate the numbers, as it accounted for nearly 80 per cent of total shipments,” Market Check head of strategy Nick Crundall said.

Japan bought some bulk barley, but other feed and malting markets were containerised customers only in May.

“Thailand, which has been a strong buyer in replacement of China, only took 2122t, but its numbers will rise as the months progress, given business has been getting done.

“Although the month-on-month fall is discouraging, it’s not entirely due to China’s announcements, as tight stocks in export states would have naturally reduced volumes through the year as volume becomes hard to come by.

“This is evidenced by the recent release of the stock-on-hand numbers by CBH and Viterra.”

At 890t, May sorghum exports continued the trend of negligible volume.

This reflects the very small amount of sorghum surplus to domestic requirements from the early planted crop in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

MALTING Mar April May Tonnes
China 132799 174330 190345 497473
Japan 19000 10 2845 21855
Thailand 0 1345 2122 3467
Vietnam 1579 27978 1426 30982
TOTAL 153377 203663 196738 553778

Table 1: Australian malting barley exports for March, April and May 2020. Source: ABS

FEED Mar April May Tonnes
Bahrain 0 65 43 108
China 0 329833 44277 374109
Hong Kong 0 12 0 12
Japan 511 56653 20600 77765
Malaysia 168 169 0 337
Myanmar 0 0 120 120
New Caledonia 422 300 721
Papua New Guinea 0 0 69 69
Philippines 588 841 431 1860
Qatar 24150 25036 0 49186
Singapore 3 3 2 7
South Korea 603 312 715 1631
Taiwan 2781 2501 3168 8449
Thailand 68243 53074 0 121318
UAE 10451 5808 784 17043
Vietnam 1971 1806 2140 5917
TOTAL 109891 476112 72648 658652

Table 2: Australian feed barley exports for March, April and May 2020. Source: ABS

SORGHUM Mar April May Tonnes
Japan 0 42 43 85
Malaysia 0 23 0 23
Philippines 0 300 599 900
South Korea 66 0 0 66
Taiwan 100 0 249 349
Vietnam 0 3 0 3
TOTAL 166 369 890 1425

Table 3: Australian sorghum exports for March, April and May 2020. Source: ABS

 

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