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Feed barley exports dwindle in August, malting doubles: ABS

Liz Wells, October 14, 2019

EXPORTS of Australian feed barley have dwindled to 6372 tonnes in August, compared with 129,504t in July, while shipments of malting barley have more than doubled, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

A barley crop on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, where yield prospects are among the best to found this year in Australia. Photo: James Preuss, Concierge Genetics

While China remains out of the market for Australian feed barley, it ramped up its demand for malting in the August-shipment slot, and purchased 139,697t from Australia, more than double the July figure.

Shipping stems indicate most or all of the barley hatches to be shipped out of Western Australia this month are bound for eastern-Australian ports to satisfy domestic demand as the market waits for new-crop to become available from the harvest now under way.

According to the latest Lachstock Consulting Vessel Activity Report, WA ports will load 40,000t of barley in total this month for discharge in Brisbane, Newcastle and Port Kembla.

China was the only volume buyer of August-shipment Australian sorghum, taking 21,513t of the total 22,670t shipped.

MALTING June July August Total
China 53434 62350 139697 255481
Japan 0 6180 0 6180
Malaysia 159 154 0 313
Philippines 0 0 4 4
Thailand 392 217 1129 1738
USA 0 0 1 1
Vietnam 1868 12164 22373 36406
TONNES 55853 81065 163204 300123

Table 1: ABS data for Australia’s June, July and August 2019 malting barley exports.

FEED June July August Total
Hong Kong 0 0 12 12
French Polynesia 0 46 0 46
Japan 50900 98870 507 150276
Macau 0 0 3 3
Malaysia 2 0 173 175
New Caledonia 17 14 36 67
Papua New Guinea 68 52 93 213
Philippines 431 263 846 1540
Singapore 20 40 60
South Korea 307 995 1618 2920
Taiwan 1152 777 520 2449
Thailand 2329 711 0 3040
UAE 719 27775 372 28866
Vietnam 716 0 2152 2868
TONNES 56661 129504 6372 192537

Table 2: ABS data for Australia’s June, July and August 2019 feed barley exports.

SORGHUM June July August Total
China 17210 15208 21513 53931
Japan 0 114 108 221
Philippines 849 862 649 2359
Taiwan 612 225 400 1236
TONNES 18671 16408 22670 57748

Table 3: ABS data for Australia’s June, July and August 2019 sorghum exports.

 

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