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AMENDED: Australian barley exports drop 24pc in March to 264,206t

Liz Wells, May 12, 2020

Malting barley bound for Vietnam loading at CBH’s Albany terminal last month. Photo: CBH Group

AUSTRALIA’S barley exports in March totalled 264,206 tonnes, down 24 per cent from 345,626t shipped in February, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

China has maintained its position as Australia’s biggest malting barley customer, taking 132,799t of the March total of 153,377t, while  Thailand with 68,243t bought a little over half of the total feed shipments of 110,829t.

The Australian dollar’s dive in March prompted a whack of export business to be written, and a large proportion of that was shipped last month to destinations including China.

Between 1 December and 31 March, Australia’s barley shipments to China were of 563,640t malting barley and 64,500t of feed barley to China, almost half of Australia’s barley export shipments which totalled 1.3Mt.

Australia’s sorghum exports remain negligible, and the very small crop now being harvested in southern Queensland is unlikely to change that.

In June, central Queensland will start its sorghum harvest which, due to a dry finish, is unlikely to make bulk exports possible, but should prompt a jump in containerised exports.

NOTE: December-March export totals to China contain amended figures.

MALTING Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Tonnes
China 0 0 68052 196959 165831 132799 563640
Japan 23750 0 21000 6180 0 19000 69930
Singapore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thailand 1400 1333 1090 1151 1246 0 6220
Vietnam 20098 3457 4846 46122 240 1579 76341
TOTAL 45248 4790 94988 250411 167316 153377 716131

Table 1: Australian malting barley exports for October-December 2019 and January-March 2020. Source: ABS

FEED Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Tonnes
Bahrain 0 0 0 43 0 0 43
China 0 0 31500 33000 0 0 64500
Hong Kong 9 12 12 0 21 0 54
Japan 0 0 0 3300 94550 1011 98862
Macau 0 0 0 0 4 0 4
Malaysia 172 0 175 166 0 168 681
New Caledonia 0 22 45 0 0 422 489
New Zealand 0 0 5800 0 0 0 5800
Pakistan 0 0 671 0 330 0 1001
Papua New Guinea 0 0 0 0 21 0 21
Philippines 680 959 445 456 583 608 3731
Qatar 0 0 0 0 0 24150 24150
Singapore 0 0 2 1 2 3 8
South Korea 310 508 541 12693 293 603 14948
Taiwan 1627 2212 8141 4651 3372 2781 22785
Thailand 0 66690 120731 115751 54522 68243 425939
United Arab Emirates 146 819 579 1035 21705 10801 35086
Vietnam 988 468 2302 3031 2906 2037 11733
TOTAL 3932 71692 170944 174127 178310 110829 709833

Table 2: Australian feed barley exports for October-December 2019 and January-March 2020. Source: ABS

SORGHUM Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Tonnes
China 6028 801 0 0 0 0 6828
Japan 64 42 129 0 20 0 254
Malaysia 0 0 0 23 0 0 23
Philippines 1287 240 264 264 192 0 2247
South Africa 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 66 66
Taiwan 222 150 100 0 0 200 672
Vietnam 0 0 0 0 4 0 4
TOTAL 7602 1232 493 287 216 266 10097

Table 3: Australian sorghum exports for October-December 2019 and January-March 2020. Source: ABS

 

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