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Australia’s July barley exports dive, sorghum up from June

by Liz Wells, 14 September 2018

AUSTRALIA’S exports of malting and feed barley in July totalled 255,048 tonnes, down 54 per cent from 553,742t in June, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), while July sorghum exports in July totalled 119,987t, up 23pc from the June figure of 97,931t.

Barley harvesting in WA.

Trade sources expect August barley exports will be down even further, as shipments from Western and South Australian ports continue to make their way to Brisbane and Newcastle.

These ports are jointly unloading an estimated 200,000t per month of wheat and barley in total from southern ports to supply drought-hit end-users in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.

On sorghum, shipping stems indicate bulk shipments are over for 2018.

MALTING May June July Total
China 294928 206780 92593 594301
Japan 21000 20600 12 41612
Korea 1217 0 0 1217
Thailand 59643 0 0 59643
Vietnam 22969 2114 27706 52789
TONNES 399757 229494 120311 749562

Table 1: ABS malting barley export figures for May, June and July 2018.

FEED May June July Total
China 249171 201263 65917 516351
Egypt 27 0 0 27
Hong Kong 6 0 4 10
Japan 88650 117315 0 205965
Korea 460 612 410 1482
Macau 1 0 0 1
Malaysia 149 0 0 149
New Caledonia 154 20 164 338
New Zealand 43 0 0 43
Pakistan 0 0 511 511
Papua New Guinea 0 107 0 107
Philippines 666 730 94 1490
Taiwan 2533 2304 2061 6898
Thailand 1835 1477 65064 68376
UAE 951 420 512 1883
TONNES 344646 324248 134737 803631

Table 2: ABS feed barley export figures for May, June and July 2018.

SORGHUM May June July Total
China 49494 97156 118899 265549
Malaysia 0 24 0 24
Philippines 537 401 200 1138
Taiwan 614 350 888 1852
TONNES 50645 97931 119987 268563

Table 3: ABS sorghum export figures for May, June and July 2018.

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