Export

China buys up big in August boxed wheat exports

Liz Wells, October 11, 2019

CHINA and South Korea were the biggest volume buyers of Australian wheat in the boxed and bulk markets respectively, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The Port of Shanghai is a hub for China’s containerised trade.

In the boxed market, China took 44,153 tonnes, almost double the amount shipped in July, with Vietnam on 11,257t the second-biggest boxed market for August, and The Philippines on 9735t in third place.

Total boxed wheat exports in August of 111,487t were up 26 per cent from the July total, while bulk shipments in August at 485,410t were down 25pc from July.

Bulk shipments for August saw a resurgence in tonnage shipped to Indonesia, which was the second-biggest bulk market for the month with 83,055t, back to a level last seen in May, when it purchased, 85,450t.

The biggest bulk tonnage shipped in August was to South Korea, which took 91,100t, while The Philippines with 61,796t was the third-biggest bulk market for August.

On the import side, shipments of Canadian wheat from Vancouver to Port Kembla keep coming, with the La Luna due to berth in coming days, and the Santa Ines booked to bring the next load.

Canadian wheat is being imported by Manildra Group to supply its Shoalhaven Starches plant at Bomaderry because high-protein domestic wheat in large amounts has become very difficult to procure in the current drought.

BOXED June July August Tonnes
China 14496 22342 44153 80991
Egypt 251 1023 1000 2273
Fiji 2188 2225 3718 8131
French Polynesia 0 200 0 200
India 0 485 0 485
Indonesia 1147 2009 578 3734
Japan 0 705 712 1417
Jordan 0 256 0 256
Malaysia 8081 11328 9133 28541
Myanmar 5577 4441 7636 17655
New Caledonia 1272 827 1527 3626
New Zealand 3442 3102 5632 12176
Papua New Guinea 177 0 1050 1227
Philippines 8219 6030 9735 23984
Saudi Arabia 0 750 505 1255
Singapore 2001 0 1528 3530
Solomon Islands 3053 250 2503 5806
South Korea 0 459 0 459
Sri Lanka 3445 0 0 3445
Taiwan 6340 4636 706 11682
Tanzania 0 0 510 510
Thailand 9236 9630 9603 28469
UAE 110 110 0 219
United Kingdom 968 305 0 1273
Vietnam 17421 17367 11257 46045
TOTAL 87424 88478 111487 287389

Table 1: ABS containerised wheat export data for June, July and August 2019.

BULK June July August Tonnes
Bahrain 24100 3400 0 27500
Fiji 0 30000 14000 44000
India 0 0 104 104
Indonesia 36935 55500 83055 175490
Japan 80680 81624 49265 211569
Kuwait 0 45459 44975 90434
Malaysia 1521 28999 30500 61020
Myanmar 0 0 22000 22000
New Zealand 22000 30110 0 52110
Papua New Guinea 17600 0 33985 51585
Philippines 208088 51218 61796 321101
Singapore 0 18700 0 18700
South Korea 85966 63250 91100 240316
Sri Lanka 0 27500 0 27500
UAE 304 5500 0 5804
Vietnam 18000 89220 54630 161850
Yemen 0 113300 0 113300
TOTAL 495194 643780 485410 1624384

Table 2: ABS bulk wheat export data for June, July and August 2019.

 

 

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