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Australia’s chickpea exports drop 7pc over January

by Liz Wells, 12 March 2018

AUSTRALIA’S January chickpea exports at 62,781 tonnes dropped 7 per cent from the revised December total of 67,407t, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The drop reflects the impact of the tariff imposed by India in December, which saw January sales to that market total 675t, down from 20,999t in December and 185,672t in November.

While India is Australia’s biggest chickpea customer, Bangladesh and Pakistan are significant secondary markets. Both destinations increased their tonnage in January from December.

Tertiary markets buying unprocessed chickpeas and chana dahl have taken on increased significance in the absence of bulk demand from India.

“India is not going to buy for another six to eight months, and Australian chickpeas are looking for new markets like Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey,” Graintrend director, Sanjiv Dubey, said.

Australia’s 2017 chickpea harvest has been estimated at 800,000-900,000t.

Mr Dubey said he believed half had already been exported, some further tonnage had been forward sold, and a further 100,000-200,000t still needed to be priced.

“Whatever issues are associated with sanctions or risk, exporters are looking to alternative markets because Pakistan and Bangladesh can only buy so much.”

NOTE: This story replaces a previous version which incorrectly stated UK Dec imports at 14,170t.

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Table 1: Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing Australian chickpea export data for January 2018, and revised November and December 2017 figures.

Destination Nov Dec Jan Total tonnes
Afghanistan 0 0 121 121
Bahrain 0 24 0 24
Bangladesh 12173 19935 21540 53648
Bhutan 0 40 0 40
Canada 652 401 549 1602
Egypt 481 834 377 1692
Germany 23 0 47 70
India 185672 20999 675 207346
Iran 4651 3113 1989 9753
Israel 25 25 0 50
Italy 49 297 169 515
Japan 24 34 24 82
Jordan 0 0 939 939
Malaysia 73 121 98 292
Mauritius 75 120 170 365
Nepal 3123 3859 2061 9043
Netherlands 0 0 48 48
New Zealand 98 0 29 127
Oman 0 0 68 68
Pakistan 10354 4154 26318 40826
Papua New Guinea 0 1 1 2
Portugal 25 0 0 25
Qatar 24 120 0 144
Saudi Arabia 0 878 126 1004
Singapore 95 24 25 144
South Africa 163 74 73 310
Sri Lanka 317 173 174 664
Sweden 23 0 0 23
Thailand 25 1 26 52
Turkey 0 0 1000 1000
UAE 6449 9964 4016 20429
UK 1068 1417 1810 4295
US 184 799 308 1291
TOTAL 225846 67407 62781 356034

 

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