Export

China buys 512,181t barley, sorghum as lion’s share of June shipments

Liz Wells, August 14, 2018

CHINA was again Australia’s major coarse grains customer in June, taking 512,181 tonnes of barley and sorghum in total of the 658,656t shipped for the month, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Australian barley exports. Source: Lachstock Consulting

Shipping stems indicate barley exports are now likely to tail off following above-average shipments in March in particular, and some vessels nominated will be ferrying grain from southern Australian ports to Brisbane and Newcastle to supply the drought-affected eastern market.

Likewise, sorghum shipments are now likely to slow, a function of nearly all of Australia’s 2018 export surplus coming from Central Queensland, and its harvest being well and truly over.

A much smaller-than-average amount of sorghum grown in New South Wales and southern Queensland has made its way to export this year, because of high domestic demand and limited production as a result of dry conditions in some areas.

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

MALTING April May June Total
China 88991 0 206780 295771
Japan 0 0 20600 20600
Korea 824 1217 0 2041
Thailand 0 59643 0 59643
Vietnam 3083 22969 2114 28166
TONNES 92898 83829 229494 406221

 

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

FEED April May June Total
China 395311 249171 201263 845745
Egypt 0 27 0 27
Hong Kong 6 6 0 12
Japan 54999 88650 117315 260964
Korea 314 460 612 1386
Malaysia 0 149 0 149
New Caledonia 140 154 20 314
New Zealand 0 43 0 43
Papua New Guinea 0 0 107 107
Philippines 665 666 730 2061
Taiwan 3844 2533 2304 8681
Thailand 1813 1835 1477 5125
UAE 590 951 420 1961
TONNES 457682 344645 324248 1126575

 

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

SORGHUM April May June Total
Bolivia 0 0 1 1
China 85853 49494 104138 239485
Malaysia 0 0 24 24
Philippines 426 537 401 1364
Taiwan 425 614 350 1389
Thailand 100 0 0 100
TONNES 86804 50645 104914 242363

 

 

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