Export

Australia ships 504,162t barley to China in April

Liz Wells, June 5, 2020

AUSTRALIA exported 504,162 tonnes of barley to China in April ahead of China’s expected tariff announcement which has paused trade in the grain between the two countries.

The tonnage, up from 132,799t in March, also reflects the March dive in the Australian dollar which boosted the buying power of importers.

This is reflected in Australian barley shipments to all destinations, which in April totalled 680,275t, up 158 per cent from the 263,268t shipped in March.

Vietnam, with 27,978t, was the only bulk destination apart from China to take Australian barley in April, and in the feed market, Japan, with 56,653t, and Thailand, on 53,074t, were the second and third-biggest markets.

With China now out of the market for Australian barley for the foreseeable future, Vietnam and Japan appear to be the only bulk customers left for malting barley, while feed is expected to continue to flow to Japan, Thailand and United Arab Emirates customers.

Sorghum shipments remained negligible in April because drought in New South Wales and southern Queensland prevented an early crop from being planted.

In non-drought years, new-crop sorghum exports from Newcastle in NSW and Brisbane in Queensland normally lift shipment figures in March and April.

Malting Jan Feb Mar Apr Tonnes
China 196959 165831 132799 174330 669918
Japan 6180 0 19000 10 25190
Thailand 1151 1246 0 1345 3741
Vietnam 46122 240 1579 27978 75918
TOTAL 250411 167316 153377 203663 774767

Table 1:  Australian malting barley exports for January-April 2020. Source: ABS

Feed Jan Feb Mar Apr Tonnes
Bahrain 43 0 0 65 108
China 33000 0 0 329833 362833
Hong Kong 0 21 0 12 33
Japan 3300 94550 511 56653 155015
Macau 0 4 0 0 4
Malaysia 166 0 168 169 503
New Caledonia 0 0 422 500 922
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0
Pakistan 0 330 0 0 330
Papua New Guinea 0 21 0 0 21
Philippines 456 583 588 841 2467
Qatar 0 0 24150 25036 49186
Singapore 1 2 3 3 8
South Korea 12693 293 603 312 13901
Taiwan 4651 3372 2781 2501 13305
Thailand 115751 54522 68243 53074 291591
United Arab Emirates 1035 21705 10451 5808 39000
Vietnam 3031 2906 1971 1806 9714
TOTAL 174127 178310 109891 476612 938940

Table 2: Australian feed barley exports for January-April 2020. Source: ABS

Sorghum Jan Feb Mar Apr Tonnes
Japan 0 20 0 42 62
Malaysia 23 0 0 23 46
Philippines 264 192 0 0 456
South Korea 0 0 66 0 66
Taiwan 0 0 100 0 100
Vietnam 0 4 0 3 7
TOTAL 287 216 166 68 737

Table 3: Australian sorghum exports for January-April 2020. Source: ABS

 

 

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