Export

Australia’s Jan wheat exports at 1.3Mt up 42pc from Dec

Liz Wells, March 6, 2020

Five Star Flour Mills is one of Egypt’s consumers of Australian wheat. Photo: Five Star Flour Mills

AUSTRALIA exported 1,299,756 tonnes of wheat in January, up 42 per cent from 917,603t shipped in December, and the biggest monthly volume shipped since July 2018.

The January figures were revealed in the latest wheat export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), and show Australia’s biggest bulk customers in January were The Philippines on 314,695t, Indonesia on 148,493t and China on 102,149t.

In the containerised market, Egypt on 42,202t was the biggest buyer by far, unusual given that Egypt is usually a bulk customer.

Second and third place for boxed tonnage wheat to Malaysia on 13,008t and Myanmar on 12,035t, and the total for containers at 117,495t was the largest seen in 18 months.

“The Philippines continues to do the heavy lifting as exporters and importers take advantage of the import-tariff exemption for Aussie wheat,” Market Check head of strategy Nick Crundall said.

“We should see Chinese exports build as recent China purchases of our wheat filter through the export data.

“The January data further illustrates the strong export pace out of Australia, which is running at a record rate relative to our exportable surplus this season.

“It’s also worth keeping in mind that five-year seasonality shows our exports peak from March to May, so we could see bigger volumes over the next couple of months.”

BULK Nov Dec Jan Tonnes
Bahrain 0 25636 31411 57047
China 0 68645 102149 170794
Egypt 0 22000 0 22000
Fiji 14000 0 30002 44002
Indonesia 0 133717 149493 283210
Japan 67994 72084 66713 206790
Kenya 0 0 46550 46550
South Korea 99831 66220 84700 250751
Kuwait 0 44000 42130 86130
Malaysia 0 53653 43000 96653
Myanmar 22000 0 0 22000
New Zealand 2 62180 0 62182
Oman 0 11000 16500 27500
Papua New Guinea 19900 0 44070 63970
Philippines 192063 84287 314695 591046
Singapore 19800 0 0 19800
Sri Lanka 22497 2752 3002 28251
Thailand 0 81808 72500 154308
UAE 159 11000 247 11406
Vietnam 6589 47049 83986 137624
Yemen 26252 60500 51114 137866
TOTAL 491087 846530 1182261 2519878

Table 1: ABS Australian bulk wheat export data for November and December 2019 and January 2020.

BOXED Nov Dec Jan Tonnes
China 5353 12147 2375 19875
Egypt 600 377 42212 43188
Fiji 3978 3100 2392 9470
French Polynesia 125 124.68
Indonesia 1990 1019 1001 4010
Japan 21 0 1190 1212
South Korea 1040 0 1002 2042
Lebanon 0 0 992 992
Malaysia 8065 4019 13008 25091
Myanmar 2110 7337 12035 21481
New Caledonia 499 1195 1702 3396
New Zealand 5027 2399 5605 13031
Papua New Guinea 1131 48 2680 3859
Philippines 6020 6246 3377 15643
Singapore 490 1737 1020 3246
Solomon Islands 751 1253 0 2004
Sri Lanka 1032 1026 0 2057
Taiwan 2357 3771 4754 10881
Thailand 8049 11583 11001 30633
UAE 0 0 335 335
United Kingdom 0 300 0 300
Vietnam 12318 12740 10816 35874
DURUM
Malaysia 0 130 0 130
UAE 0 523 0 523
TOTAL 60830 71073 117495 249399

Table 2: ABS Australian containerised wheat export data for November and December 2019 and January 2020.

 

 

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