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Australia exports 245,340t barley, 26,505t sorghum in August

Liz Wells, October 8, 2020

AUSTRALIA exported 57,240t of malting barley, 187,920t of feed barley and 26,505t of sorghum in August, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Sorghum harvesting in July at Coalstoun Lakes in Queensland’s Burnett district. Photo: Pioneer Seeds

The August barley total of 245,340t is 19 per cent above the July figure, and the largest monthly barley export figure since May’s 269,000t.

“China remains Australia’s largest overall destination for 2019-20 with 1.4 million tonnes, and still represented the third-largest destination for barley in August with 32,200t, behind Thailand’s 32,847t and Japan’s 117,259t,” Market Check senior commodity advisor Andrew Retallick said.

“This was Japan’s largest monthly volume for the season, and represents 27pc of its 2019-20 Australian barley purchases.

“These largest three buyers handled a combined 74pc of Australia’s August barley exports, a smaller portion than their combined monthly average.

Mr Retallick said importers and exporters were  now focussed on the large new-crop tonnes due to start hitting the market late this month.

Sorghum exports totalled 26,505t, more than double July’s volume, which China buying around 80pc of the August tonnage.

“China comprises 69pc of total sorghum exports, or 52,000t, for the season to August.

“The Philippines has been our second-largest sorghum market…so far this season.”

MALTING June July August Tonnes
China 3502 44706 32200 80408
Japan 21617 33635 0 55252
New Zealand 244 495 487 1226
Thailand 1032 724 1138 2894
Vietnam 500 1010 23595 25104
TOTAL 26894 80570 57420 164883

Table 1: Australian malting barley exports for June, July and August 2020. Source: ABS

FEED June July August Tonnes
Bahrain 0 44 0 44
Cambodia 0 22 0 22
China 0 51500 0 51500
Hong Kong 12 0 24 36
Japan 53560 0 117259 170819
Malaysia 177 176 0 352
New Caledonia 0 505 401 907
New Zealand 0 0 0 0
Papua New Guinea 0 45 0 45
Philippines 789 935 2878 4601
Qatar 52500 0 19869 72369
Singapore 3 0 3 6
South Korea 813 803 105 1720
Sri Lanka 1482 0 0 1482
Taiwan 2086 1640 3800 7525
Thailand 66000 64499 31709 162208
United Arab Emirates 240 1263 7184 8688
Vietnam 4002 4446 4688 13136
TOTAL 181663 125877 187920 495460

Table 2: Australian malting barley exports for June, July and August 2020. Source: ABS

SORGHUM June July August Tonnes
China 5866 8160 21422 35449
Japan 43 0 172 215
Malaysia 0 0 24 24
Philippines 269 2459 4068 6796
Taiwan 567 950 771 2289
Saudi Arabia 0 96 48 144
TOTAL 6745 11666 26505 44916

Table 3: Australian sorghum exports for June, July and August 2020. Source: ABS

 

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