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Barley, sorghum exports dwindle as stocks deplete: ABS

Liz Wells, November 12, 2019

AUSTRALIAN barley exports have dwindled to 37,308 tonnes in September, down from 169,046t in August, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

This reflects the usual seasonal rundown on stocks ahead of the new-crop harvest, and global interest in cheaper northern-hemisphere barley.

September shipments were made up of 25,032t of feed barley and 12,276t of malting, compared with 162,722t of malting barley but just 6324t of feed barley in August.

The continued absence of China from Australia’s list of customers for feed barley reflects its anti-dumping investigation into historic pricing of Australian feed barley.

In sorghum, September shipments at 11,048t were almost half the 21,850t exported in August.

The drop reflecting limited export availability of sorghum in the face of a continuing feedgrain deficit in growing areas as caused by eastern Australia’s drought.

MALTING July Aug Sep Total
China 62350 139697 7306 209353
Japan 6180 0 0 6180
Malaysia 154 0 0 154
Philippines 0 4 0 4
Thailand 217 648 2349 3214
USA 0 1 0 1
Viet Nam 12164 22373 2622 37159
TONNES 81065 162722 12276 256064

Table 1: ABS Australian malting barley export data for July, August and September 2019.

FEED July Aug Sep Total
French Polynesia 46 0 0 46
Hong Kong 0 12 12 24
Japan 98870 507 21012 120389
Korea 995 1618 395 3008
Macau 0 3 0 3
Malaysia 0 173 174 348
New Caledonia 14 36 0 50
Papua New Guinea 52 93 0 145
Philippines 263 797 264 1325
Singapore 0 40 0 40
Taiwan 777 520 770 2067
Thailand 711 0 0 711
UAE 27775 372 0 28147
Vietnam 0 2152 2405 4557
TONNES 129504 6324 25032 160860

Table 2: ABS Australian feed barley export data for July, August and September 2019.

SORGHUM Jly Aug Sep Total
China 15208 20694 9590 45492
Japan 114 108 87 308
Malaysia 0 0 23 23
Philippines 862 649 449 1960
Taiwan 225 400 899 1523
TONNES 16408 21850 11048 49306

Table 3: ABS Australian sorghum export data for July, August and September 2019.

 

 

 

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