Export

Australian barley exports flat over May as stocks tighten

Liz Wells, July 15, 2019

AUSTRALIA exported 302,334 tonnes of barley in May, down 2 per cent from 309,408t in April, with bulk shipments to Japan, Kuwait and Thailand bolstering demand in the face of reduced buying from China, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Australian barley exports for May came in at 390k, which is marginally higher than April figures.

“Our barley exports are winding down as procurement of volume in Western Australia and South Australia becomes harder and harder as stocks become tight in the back end of the season,” Market Check head of strategy Nick Crundall said.

“We also naturally see a diminishing export program as we progress through the season.”

Japan took the greatest tonnage of any barley export destination in May.

“This volume pales in comparison with China, as it is still four times bigger than the next destination.”

Sorghum exports have remained minimal.

“They continue to be all but non-existent as a small crop and a hungry domestic market has swallowed most of the crop, with mostly just container business getting done over the past couple of months.”

 MALTING March April May Tonnes
China 249659 118137 50357 418153
Japan 0 31506 0 31506
Malaysia 0 0 175 175
Singapore 0 0 0 0
Thailand 0 485 0 485
Vietnam 2012 2508 1458 5978
TOTAL 251671 152636 51990 456297

Table 1: ABS data for Australia’s March, April and May 2019 malting barley exports.

FEED Mar Apr May Tonnes
China 48659 1012 0 49672
Hong Kong 16 0 18 35
Japan 27050 52700 127380 207130
Korea 993 447 595 2034
Kuwait 0 0 45632 45632
Malaysia 0 328 0 328
New Caledonia 196 0 22 218
Pakistan 943 679 0 1623
Papua New Guinea 86 0 44 130
Philippines 792 630 887 2309
Qatar 24273 27000 444 51717
Singapore 1 0 20 21
Switzerland 0 1 0 1
Taiwan 2892 3412 2826 9131
Thailand 56296 68513 60853 185662
United Arab Emirates 960 374 679 2013
Vietnam 8387 1676 10943 21006
TOTAL 171544 156772 250344 578660

Table 2: ABS data for Australia’s March, April and May 2019 feed barley exports.

SORGHUM Mar Apr May Tonnes
China 2996 1224 7995 12215
Malaysia 0 23 0 23
Philippines 400 1325 1076 2800
Taiwan 2096 673 570 3338
TOTAL 5491 3245 9641 18377

Table 3: ABS data for Australia’s March, April and May 2019 sorghum exports.

 

 

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