Export

Australia exports 767,092t wheat in May, down 11pc on month

Liz Wells, July 6, 2020

CBH Group loaded its largest ever cargo of wheat at Albany in early May, 57,400t bound for China. Photo: CBH Group

AUSTRALIA exported 767,092 tonnes of wheat in May, down 11 per cent from 862,815t shipped in April, according to the latest export figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

China was the biggest market by far, taking 232,197t in total of bulk and containerised wheat, followed by South Korea on 92,050t and Vietnam on 90,088t.

These shipments came mainly from South Australia and Western Australia, and reflect a limited availability out of eastern states due to the impact of drought on last year’s production in New South Wales.

WA’s dominant bulk handler, CBH Group, on 1 July pegged its wheat stocks at 273,116t, while Glencore’s Viterra in SA has published its wheat stocks as of 1 July at 318,805t, down from 579,125t on 1 June.

These numbers point to a small carry-out into new-crop, which will become available for shipment in high volume in December.

BULK Mar Apr May Tonnes
Bahrain 27141 0 0 27141
China 364025 115100 215864 694989
Egypt 44750 20671 33000 98421
Fiji 14700 0 0 14700
Indonesia 28874 101270 52180 182323
Japan 48789 58800 59587 167175
Kuwait 43039 44500 45265 132804
Malaysia 0 59149 5351 64500
Myanmar 517 24612 27260 52389
New Zealand 32217 59625 0 91842
Papua New Guinea 16500 0 26070 42570
Philippines 45620 33116 2723 81459
Qatar 21000 0 0 21000
Singapore 0 0 15300 15300
South Korea 138880 64900 92050 295830
Thailand 22000 50340 0 72340
United Arab Emirates 33052 27606 104 60762
Vietnam 0 94028 79795 173823
Yemen 56906 31000 31000 118906
TOTAL 938008 784717 685549 2408274

Table 1: Australian bulk wheat exports in March, April and May 2020. Source: ABS

BOXED Mar Apr May Tonnes
China 12124 21996 16333 50453
Egypt 783 0 125 908
Fiji 3987 1193 192 5372
French Polynesia 124 124 134 382
Indonesia 3560 3308 1549 8417
Japan 600 2309 1411 4320
Malaysia 4420 9566 7623 21608
Myanmar 16156 6569 2284 25009
New Caledonia 2219 1180 2304 5704
New Zealand 6002 5439 3790 15232
Pakistan 0 0 130 130
Papua New Guinea 0 0 477 477
Philippines 1837 2996 1317 6151
Saudi Arabia 0 1764 1787 3551
Singapore 1026 1022 11693 13741
Solomon Islands 2030 1751 1505 5286
South Korea 502 525 0 1028
Taiwan 4653 3598 5344 13595
Tanzania 500 0 0 500
Thailand 10968 11195 12141 34303
Turkey 0 0 125 125
UK 0 150 100 250
Vietnam 7990 3410 10293 21692
DURUM
China 1107 0 0 1107
Malaysia 0 0 2 2
UK 0 0 885 885
TOTAL 80589 78098 81543 240229

Table 2: Australian containerised wheat exports in March, April and May 2020. Source: ABS

 

 

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