Export

Australia exports 7079t chickpeas, 57,148t lentils in July

Liz Wells, September 9, 2020

Sam and Jack Rockliff at Dalby in their Kyabra chickpeas last month. The brothers expect to harvest the crop in late October. Photo: CHS Broadbent

AUSTRALIA exported 7079 tonnes of chickpeas and 57,148t of lentils in July, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Both figures represent a fall over the month and year, with chickpeas down 6 per cent from 7562t shipped in June, and 57pc from the 16,632t shipped in July 2019.

Steady demand from Pakistan on around 3200t per month represented Australia’s biggest chickpea market in July, with the United Kingdom continuing in the 900-1000t range the next biggest customer, and Nepal on 842t following.

With Australia just about sold out of chickpeas, no jump in volume is expected before October, when new-crop sourced mostly from central Queensland will start to trickle into the export supply chain.

July 2020 lentil shipments are down 4pc from 59,424t exported in June, and are expected to fall further over August.

As the world’s major lentil market, India in early June announced it was dropping its tariff on Australian lentils to 10pc from 30pc on shipments arriving by 31 August.

The tariff has now reverted to 30pc, and trade sources have said time required for shipment and customs clearance meant shipping to India in August to catch the lower tariff was a risky business.

CHICKPEAS May June July Tonnes
Bangladesh 8125 602 413 9139
Canada 571 911 628 2110
Egypt 73 0 0 73
Fiji 0 47 0 47
Greece 72 0 0 72
Israel 24 48 0 72
Italy 96 72 0 168
Japan 15 0 35 50
Jordan 0 48 0 48
Malaysia 73 25 24 122
Mauritius 219 98 0 317
Nepal 501 0 842 1342
New Zealand 82 130 24 236
Oman 49 0 0 49
Pakistan 3203 3275 3224 9702
Qatar 48 0 0 48
Singapore 50 5 0 55
South Africa 0 72 24 96
South Korea 118 24 24 166
Sri Lanka 123 0 123 247
Thailand 47 13 23 83
Turkey 0 0 24 24
UAE 4550 929 572 6051
UK 989 934 990 2912
US 216 330 110 655
TOTAL 19243 7562 7079 33884

Table 1: Australian May, June and July 2020 chickpea exports. Source: ABS

LENTILS May June July Tonnes
Bangladesh 44070 26418 13926 84413
Egypt 0 240 752 992
Fiji 24 0 0 24
India 6796 16717 33483 56997
Indonesia 0 0 1 1
Japan 48 46 0 93
Lebanon 223 322 0 545
Mauritius 313 378 118 809
Nepal 1468 2989 2274 6731
Netherlands 0 42 0 42
New Caledonia 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 67 34 14 114
Pakistan 5926 5308 0 11233
Qatar 0 23 0 23
Romania 0 24 24 48
Singapore 4 0 0 4
South Africa 72 142 119 333
South Korea 122 23 46 191
Sri Lanka 9444 5543 6131 21117
Taiwan 23 0 0 23
Thailand 0 120 0 120
Turkey 0 0 260 260
UAE 1461 1010 0 2471
UK 0 48 0 48
TOTAL 70060 59424 57148 186633

Table 2: Australian May, June and July 2020 lentil exports. Source: ABS

 

 

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