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Australia’s February chickpea exports hit 10-month high

Liz Wells, April 17, 2019

AUSTRALIA exported 47,431 tonnes of chickpeas in February, its highest figure since April last year when 69,103t was shipped, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The figure includes 20,000t shipped from Mackay to Bangladesh which, aside from the cargo reported on Grain Central this week, is believed to be the only bulk consignment out of Australia of chickpeas grown in 2018.

Trade sources have said containers, and some 2017-grown chickpeas, accounted for the December, January, and half the February exports to Bangladesh.

While India, traditionally Australia’s largest chickpea market, remains closed to volume imports as it works through its own chickpea supply, secondary markets like Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates have taken on increased importance for Australian exporters.

Destination Dec Jan Feb Tonnes
Bangladesh 19369 21066 40274 80709
Canada 760 809 885 2454
India 859 0 0 859
Israel 24 24 0 48
Italy 72 0 0 72
Japan 24 24 0 48
Lebanon 0 10 0 10
Malaysia 93 166 195 454
Mauritius 25 49 74 148
Nepal 4809 1827 849 7485
New Zealand 44 24 0 68
Oman 48 0 0 48
Pakistan 5639 3704 1224 10567
Saudi Arabia 249 0 0 249
Singapore 27 48 26 101
South Africa 163 48 72 283
Sri Lanka 0 100 124 225
Thailand 48 1 48 97
UAE 3092 3248 2894 9234
UK 1330 965 634 2929
USA 270 244 133 647
TOTAL 36945 32358 47431 116734

Table 1: ABS data for bulk and containerised chickpeas exported in December 2018 and January and February 2019.

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