Export

Jan barley shipments to China drop 58pc, sorghum export just a trickle

Grain Central, March 13, 2019

AUSTRALIA exported 371,950 tonnes of barley to China in January, down 58 per cent from 889,701t shipped in December, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

This reflects China’s unofficial moratorium on imports of Australian feed barley as it works its way through submissions into its anti-dumping investigation tied to Australian barley pricing, and also its steady demand for Australian malting barley .

The data also shows the dwindling of Australian feed barley shipments into Middle East in December and January.

This points to competition from Black Sea barley into Saudi Arabia in particular, and also the premium the Newcastle and Brisbane port markets were prepared to pay over export parity.

At least 100,000t of Western Australian barley in total was shipped to those ports in December and January, as eastern Australian grain users set about the filling their requirements with interstate grain because drought had reduced regional production to a negligible quantity.

Barley and sorghum exports, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS):

MALTING Nov Dec Jan Tonnes
China 0 354405 338447 692852
Japan 20600 0 21017 41617
Malaysia 104 0 0 104
New Zealand 941 994 0 1935
Thailand 332 0 0 332
Vietnam 2891 5706 11192 19789
TOTAL 24868 361104 370656 756628

Table 1: ABS malting barley export data for November and December 2018 and January 2019.

FEED Nov Dec Jan Tonnes
China 0 535296 33503 568799
Hong Kong 9 6 14 29
Indonesia 0 0 22 22
Japan 0 80050 0 80050
Korea 720 414 301 1435
Malaysia 0 420 204 624
New Caledonia 2 15 0 17
Papua New Guinea 83 50 40 173
Philippines 328 247 188 763
Qatar 0 22000 0 22000
Saudi Arabia 66000 0 0 66000
Taiwan 905 2960 4736 8601
Thailand 2302 1332 2497 6130
UAE 44095 11000 312 55408
Vietnam 0 1775 1860 3635
TOTAL 114443 655565 43676 813684

Table 2: ABS feed barley export data for November and December 2018 and January 2019.

SORGHUM Nov Dec Jan Tonnes
Fiji 251 0 0 251
Malaysia 0 0 23 23
Philippines 200 200 198 597
Taiwan 300 399 100 799
TOTAL 751 599 321 1671

Table 3: ABS sorghum export data for November and December 2018 and January 2019.

 

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