Export

Australia ships 384,891t of barley to China in February

Liz Wells, April 12, 2019

LATEST export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows Australia shipped 357,358 tonnes of malting barley and 27,533t of feed barley to China in February.

The monthly total of 381, 891t is up marginally from 371,950t shipped to China in January, despite February holding the deadline for Australian barley exporters to lodge submissions to China’s anti-dumping case into the pricing of Australian barley.

Japan on 88,068t was Australia’s major destination for feed barley in February.

Australian sorghum exports in the three months to 28 February were confined to containerised shipments.

This reflects the chronic shortage of locally produced feedgrain in eastern Australia as a result of its drought, which has lifted its up-country prices to well above export parity.

The drought has precluded bulk barley exports from eastern states, and exports of current-crop Australian barley are being sourced mostly from Western Australia, with some also loading in South Australia.

CBH Group is WA’s bulk handler, and the state’s major grain exporter, and has confirmed shipments of Australian barley to China are continuing while the anti-dumping investigation is taking place.

“The Australian barley industry enjoys a long-term relationship with the Chinese market and is continuing to work with its customers,” a CBH spokesperson said.

MALTING Dec Jan Feb Tonnes
China 354405 338447 357358 1050210
Japan 0 21017 6180 27197
New Zealand 994 0 0 994
Thailand 0 0 196 196
Vietnam 5706 11192 12508 29405
TOTAL 361104 370656 376242 1108002

Table 1: ABS malting barley export data for December 2018 and January and February 2019.

FEED Dec Jan Feb Tonnes
China 535296 33503 27533 596332
Hong Kong 6 14 11 31
Indonesia 0 22 0 22
Japan 80050 0 88068 168118
Korea 414 301 930 1645
Macau 0 0 3 3
Malaysia 420 204 278 902
New Caledonia 15 0 15 30
Pakistan 0 0 243 243
Papua New Guinea 50 40 0 90
Philippines 247 188 465 900
Qatar 22000 0 0 22000
Taiwan 2960 4736 2112 9807
Thailand 1332 2497 3611 7439
UAE 11000 312 730 12043
Vietnam 1775 1860 2411 6046
TOTAL 655565 43676 126410 825651

Table 2: ABS feed barley export data for December 2018 and January and February 2019.

SORGHUM Dec Jan Feb Tonnes
Philippines 200 198 200 598
Taiwan 399 100 249 748
TOTAL 599 298 449 1346

Table 3: ABS sorghum export data for December 2018 and January and February 2019.

 

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