China buys 89pc of Australia’s April barley, sorghum exports

Liz Wells, June 14, 2018

China has been the main market by far for barley shipped from southern Australia in recent months: Photo: Baileys Sea Lake

AUSTRALIA shipped 88,991 tonnes of malting barley, 395,311t of feed or food barley, and 89,308t of sorghum to China in April, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS.

Shipments to China formed 89 per cent of Australia’s coarse-grain exports to all destinations for April, which totaled 92,898t for malting barley, 457,749t for feed or food barley, and 90,259t of sorghum.

The ABS has also released March 2018 barley export figures, which have been revised down slightly from the initial figures released last month to 451,640t for malting and 629,623t for feed or food.

Country of destination information for Australia’s April 2018 barley exports has been made available because a confidentiality agreement, which came into effect in January 2012, expired in March.

Table 1: ABS export data for Australian malting barley exports in April 2018.

Malting barley
Destination Tonnes
China 88991
Korea 824
Vietnam 3083
TOTAL 92898


Table 2: ABS export data for Australian feed or food barley exports in April 2018.

Feed or food barley


China 395311
Hong Kong 6
Japan 54999
Korea 315
New Caledonia 140
Papua New Guinea 66
Philippines 665
Taiwan 3844
Thailand 1813
UAE 590
TOTAL 457749


Table 3: ABS export data for Australian sorghum exports in April 2018.

Sorghum Feb Mar Apr Tonnes
Belgium 0 49 0 49
China 2967 30728 89308 123003
Malaysia 23 0 0 23
Philippines 0 949 426 1375
Taiwan 100 514 425 1039
Thailand 0 0 100 100
TOTAL 3090 32240 90259 125589



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