Export

Australian July barley exports steady at 208,486t, sorghum doubles

Liz Wells, September 4, 2020

AUSTRALIA exported 208,486 tonnes of barley in July, only a fraction below the 208,557t shipped in June, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

A crop of Spartacus CL barley growing near Nyngan, NSW. Photo: Katherine Munn, Intergrain

Despite the tariff imposed by China on Australian barley in May, it appears to have been the destination for two bulk cargoes in July totalling 96,206t.

Ahead of Thailand on 66,218t and Japan on 33,635t, China was Australia’s biggest barley customer in July.

“Barley exports continue to tick over, with July volumes of just over 200,000t not far from the same we did in June, but a far cry from the volumes we were doing in Q1 of the year,” Market Check head of strategy Nick Crundall said.

“The smaller volumes won’t increase materially as we tick over the back end of the season, with ending stocks in exporter zones being very tight and most exporters and importers now focused on new-crop tonnes due in earnest in November.

Sorghum exports totalled only amounted to slightly over 13,803t in July, a little more than double the June figure of 6745t.

“That was more than double the previous month, but it’s still very lacklustre.

“China took the bulk of it.”

 

MALTING May June July Tonnes
China 190345 3502 44706 238552
Japan 2845 21617 33635 58097
New Zealand 0 244 495 739
Thailand 2122 1032 724 3878
Vietnam 1426 500 1010 2935
TOTAL 196738 26894 80570 304201

Table 1: Australian malting barley exports in May, June and July 2020. Source: ABS

FEED May June July Tonnes
Bahrain 43 0 44 87
Cambodia 0 0 22 22
China 44077 0 51500 95577
Hong Kong 0 12 0 12
Japan 20600 53560 0 74160
Malaysia 0 177 176 352
Myanmar 120 0 0 120
New Caledonia 300 0 505 805
New Zealand 0 0 0 0
Papua New Guinea 64 0 88 152
Philippines 431 789 935 2155
Qatar 0 52500 0 52500
Singapore 2 3 0 5
South Korea 715 813 803 2331
Sri Lanka 0 1482 1000 2482
Taiwan 3168 2086 1640 6893
Thailand 0 66000 65494 131494
UAE 784 240 1263 2287
Vietnam 1875 4002 4446 10323
TOTAL 72179 181663 127916 381758

Table 2: Australian feed barley exports in May, June and July 2020. Source: ABS

SORGHUM May June July Tonnes
China 0 5866 10178 16044
Japan 43 43 0 86
New Zealand 0 0 48 48
Malaysia 0 0 24 24
Philippines 599 269 2459 3327
Saudi Arabia 0 0 144 144
Taiwan 249 567 950 1766
TOTAL 890 6745 13803 21439

Table 3: Australian sorghum exports in May, June and July 2020. Source: ABS

 

 

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