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Bangladeshi buying lifts Australian October chickpea exports: ABS

Liz Wells, December 13, 2019

INCREASED sales to Bangladesh have lifted Australia’s October chickpea exports to 47,644 tonnes, up 61 per cent from the September total of 29,609t, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Strong buying from Bangladesh appears set to continue up to March-April delivery to meet the peak demand period of Ramadan, which this year starts in late April.

Destination Aug Sep Oct Total
Bangladesh 5455 4081 20644 30180
Canada 930 1204 1069 3203
Fiji 0 24 0 24
France 0 0 24 24
Greece 0 0 24 24
India 1155 635 375 2165
Indonesia 0 0 0 0
Israel 0 47 0 47
Italy 23 96 0 119
Japan 0 48 48 96
Korea 0 24 0 24
Malaysia 73 22 52 147
Mauritius 122 98 145 365
Nepal 1324 1390 856 3569
New Zealand 25 4 0 29
Oman 24 0 72 96
Pakistan 8833 16946 12815 38594
Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 1
Singapore 2 48 2 52
Solomon Islands 0 0 0 0
South Africa 24 0 0 24
Spain 0 0 120 120
Sri Lanka 21 102 221 344
Thailand 0 0 28 28
UAE 1701 4182 10038 15921
UK 343 510 983 1836
USA 270 147 103 520
Yemen 25 0 25 50
TONNES 20349 29609 47644 97602

Table 1: ABS Australian chickpea export tonnages for August, September and October 2019.

The figures reflect continued buying of containerised chickpeas by Pakistan, which has been a strong purchaser of tonnage carried over from last year and in 2017, and discounted accordingly.

Bangladesh has been buying what it can on new-crop, and its demand has pushed current prices to highs of around $940 per tonne DCT Brisbane.

“Pakistan has been buying the maximum quantity of containers, and Bangladesh has been buying much of the new-crop,” Pulse Australia and GrainTrend director Sanjiv Dubey said.

ABARES earlier this month forecast Australia’s 2019/20 chickpea crop at 289,000t, and industry estimates say around 150,000t of them were grown in Central Queensland (CQ).

The national total includes around 70,000-80,000t of kabuli chickpeas.

 

 

 

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