Export

Australia ships 19,419t chickpeas in May, up 55pc from April

Liz Wells, July 8, 2020

AUSTRALIAN chickpea exports in May totalled 19,419 tonnes, up 55 per cent from 12,568t shipped in April, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The rise reflects increased buying from Bangladesh and Pakistan based on the strength of their own currencies against the US dollar.

Bangladesh was the biggest-volume market for Australian chickpeas in May, followed by the United Arab Emirates which took 4704t, then Pakistan, which took 3465t.

This reverses the downtrend in volume to Pakistan seen since February, and indicates the impact of its domestic crop which, while big in areas, has had huge variation in yield caused by frost, rain and locust damage in many areas.

Trade sources said this has increased demand for Australian chickpeas to blend with domestic product for the dhal market.

Volume to Bangladesh surged last month to 8125t from 1112t in April to reflect an upswing in imports post Ramadan.

DESTINATION Mar Apr May Tonnes
Bangladesh 6232 1112 8125 15469
Canada 446 545 595 1585
Egypt 0 175 73 248
Fiji 0 37 0 37
Greece 0 24 48 72
India 161 616 0 777
Israel 0 0 24 24
Italy 0 144 96 240
Japan 24 71 15 110
Jordan 100 0 0 100
Malaysia 168 97 73 338
Mauritius 197 25 219 441
Nepal 241 1536 501 2277
New Zealand 26 102 82 210
Oman 0 191 49 240
Pakistan 3844 1960 3465 9269
Romania 24 0 0 24
Qatar 0 24 24 48
Singapore 75 75 50 200
South Africa 0 48 0 48
South Korea 0 0 118 118
Spain 167 0 0 167
Sri Lanka 248 423 123 794
Thailand 0 24 47 71
UAE 3563 4116 4704 12383
UK 927 875 989 2791
USA 160 301 0 461
Yemen 96 48 0 144
TOTAL 16699 12568 19419 48686

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

 

 

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