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Australia’s July wheat exports at 1.35Mt creep up from June

by Liz Wells, 19 September 2018

AUSTRALIA exported 1.35 million tonnes (Mt) of wheat in July, up marginally from 1.34Mt shipped in June, according to the latest export figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The July total is made up of 170,234t in containers, up from 123,061t in June, while bulk at 1.18Mt is below the June figure of 1.22Mt.

Bulk imports from Indonesia in July at 277,304t were down 25 per cent from June shipments of 370,451t, which trade sources have said has reflected increased shipments from Black Sea ports as their new-crop hit the market.

As usual, Indonesia was Australia’s biggest bulk market in July, even though the tonnage was close to half of the 527,209t it imported in July last year.

As with June bulk shipments, The Philippines held second place, taking 183,394t of bulk wheat in July.

As was the case in June, China did not list as a bulk export destination in July, which also indicates its focus on new-crop northern-hemisphere shipments.

Iraq on 104,700t was Australia’s third-biggest bulk market in July, which pushed Korea into fourth place.

At 59,585t, The Philippines was Australia’s biggest market for containerised wheat exported in July, with Myanmar on 31,094t in second place, and Taiwan on 17,533t in third.

In its latest report on Indonesia, the Australian Export Grains Innnovation Centre (AEGIC) said the nation imported around 4.2Mt of Australia’s of annual production of approximately 25Mt, and this generated export revenue of $1.2b.

The report said rising incomes, a growing population and changing food tastes were lifting Indonesia’s need for wheat, which it does not produce itself.

BOXED May June July Tonnes
China 12277 17168 6653 36098
Egypt 0 0 250 250
Fiji 4010 1147 3714 8871
Hong Kong 0 24 24 48
Indonesia 2623 10031 4583 17237
Japan 1617 60 0 1678
Jordan 1033 0 0 1033
Korea 997 501 1018 2516
Malaysia 28543 20809 7647 57000
Myanmar 28784 25299 31094 85177
New Caledonia 2027 1145 2797 5968
New Zealand 6102 6075 6819 18996
Papua New Guinea 250 76 0 326
Philippines 8117 5043 59585 72745
Saudi Arabia 0 500 500 1000
Singapore 1504 0 1504
Solomon Islands 1706 1384 1947 5037
Sri Lanka 6006 770 0 6775
Taiwan 21258 16169 17533 54960
Thailand 14289 4082 8270 26641
UAE 26 0 0 26
United Kingdom 198 255 748 1201
Vietnam 40698 12523 17052 70273
TOTAL 182066 123061 170234 475361

Table 1: ABS export data for Australia’s May, June and July 2018 containerised wheat.

BULK May June July Tonnes
Bahrain 0 23917 0 23917
Bangladesh 30070 0 0 30070
China 69300 0 0 69300
Egypt 0 29175 0 29175
Fiji 0 0 43804 43804
Indonesia 278615 370451 277304 926371
Iraq 0 51948 104700 156648
Japan 64207 63023 74958 202188
Korea 90200 102223 98230 290653
Kuwait 42600 42568 45203 130371
Malaysia 95317 16510 93897 205725
New Zealand 32005 48299 70100 150404
Nigeria 49140 0 61000 110140
Oman 0 13628 31099 44727
Papua New Guinea 17600 22000 39600
Philippines 306483 259540 183394 749417
Singapore 15400 0 0 15400
Thailand 26776 25500 1340 53617
UAE 0 127 26242 26370
Vietnam 108811 72230 22050 203091
Yemen 50767 82587 26900 160254
TOTAL 1259692 1219327 1182222 3661242

Table 2: ABS export data for Australia’s May, June and July 2018 bulk wheat.

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