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Australia exports 5.28Mt wheat in first-half 2019: ABS

Liz Wells, August 13, 2019

Golden Bay Grain Terminal is a major receival point in The Philippines for Australian wheat. Photo: Rapat Industries

AUSTRALIA exported 5.28 million tonnes of wheat in the first half of 2019, with The Philippines, South Korea, Japan and Vietnam its biggest customers by volume, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

This is up from the previous six month period covering July to December 2018, when 4.47Mt was shipped.

The Philippines has consolidated its position as Australia’s biggest wheat market for bulk and containerised wheat combined, and imported 1.24Mt over the period.

According to Lachstock Consulting’s latest Vessel Activity Report, Australia transhipped 961,000t of wheat to eastern ports between January and June, which slots the domestic market in as the second-biggest customer for Australian wheat.

This transhipped tonnage is supplying customers who in non-drought years source their requirements from crops grown primarily in New South Wales and Queensland.

In terms of export customers, South Korea on 625,994t was the second-biggest customer for Australian wheat, followed by Japan with 508,820t and Vietnam with 451,099t.

Over the first half of this year, Indonesia on 415,991t has slipped to fifth place in terms of Australia’s export wheat markets.

In Myanmar, the port development at Thilawa and an increased milling capacity have seen this emerging market for Australian wheat transition to bulk from containerised delivery.

What is believed to be Myanmar’s first bulk cargo of Australian wheat totalled 25,300t and was shipped in May.

BOXED January February March April May June Tonnes
Cambodia 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
China 999 0 5417 19330 13813 14464 54022
Egypt 0 350 1852 1809 1038 251 5300
Fiji 4029 2302 3334 2926 3796 2191 18577
Hong Kong 0 0 24 0 24 0 48
India 0 0 499 0 0 0 499
Indonesia 0 1510 1334 1293 546 1147 5830
Japan 3121 410 380 0 1620 0 5532
Malaysia 10325 17935 17322 16001 10897 9117 81597
Myanmar 24192 22503 19741 7120 4572 5577 83707
New Caledonia 926 1598 1833 951 1051 1272 7631
New Zealand 5382 3807 3289 2680 3227 3442 21827
Papua New Guinea 572 43 0 589 305 177 1687
Philippines 3302 4424 7965 4672 6215 8487 35065
Saudi Arabia 0 500 0 374 250 0 1123
Singapore 2016 1517 986 550 3012 2001 10082
Solomon Islands 1200 750 2502 1251 1752 3053 10508
South Korea 601 520 63 0 0 0 1184
Sri Lanka 0 2057 0 0 5781 3445 11282
Taiwan 5204 3704 5403 3341 5065 6340 29056
Tanzania 495 0 0 0 0 0 495
Thailand 18187 13569 10733 11879 11707 9236 75311
UAE 196 137 56 55 54 109 607
UK 300 666 560 1156 617 1268 4567
Vietnam 6773 2885 10849 8634 11599 17908 58648
TOTAL 87822 81188 94142 84611 86940 89486 524188

Table 1: ABS monthly containerised Australian wheat export data for January to June 2019.

BULK January February March April May June Tonnes
Bahrain 0 0 0 0 23984 24100 48084
Egypt 0 0 0 0 33250 0 33250
Fiji 0 0 0 38909 0 0 38909
Indonesia 66239 85594 93920 42024 85450 36935 410161
Japan 103463 110772 76107 35070 97196 80680 503288
Kuwait 86743 42029 46000 47026 47150 0 268948
Malaysia 54916 81875 26678 68455 1521 233446
Myanmar 0 0 0 0 25300 0 25300
New Zealand 20900 27130 0 71379 22906 22000 164315
Oman 24375 16500 33000 0 0 0 73875
Papua New Guinea 17600 18000 35600 0 35600 17600 124400
Philippines 82524 152582 235550 141891 387727 208088 1208361
Singapore 14300 0 0 18460 0 0 32760
South Korea 106800 150150 143640 61600 76654 85966 624810
Sri Lanka 3540 248 0 1336 0 0 5124
Thailand 81500 19541 0 55000 29700 0 185741
UAE 40617 0 22000 0 21651 304 84571
Vietnam 66155 0 58850 148361 101085 18000 392451
Yemen 0 48000 111375 55750 83750 0 298875
TOTAL 769672 752420 856042 743484 1139857 495194 4756669

Table 2: ABS monthly bulk Australian wheat export data for January to June 2019.

 

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