Export

March chickpea exports dwindle to 17,417 tonnes

Liz Wells, May 18, 2020

AUSTRALIA’S chickpea exports in March totalled 17,417 tonnes, down 65 per cent from 49,892t shipped in February, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Bangladesh on 6482t was again the biggest market, with the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan following with 4591t and 2936t respectively.

Pakistan, which along with Bangladesh has been Australia’s biggest chickpea market with the continued absence of India, is expected to greatly reduce its demand in coming months as its own crop hits the domestic market.

Pakistan Pulses and Importers Association president Muhammad Ahmed said harvest of Pakistan’s desi chickpea crop estimated at 500,000t was almost complete.

The dive in the Australian dollar in March sparked a flurry of export sales of chickpeas, which is expected to lift the total April volumes to reflect a clearing out of stocks of chickpeas from the past three Australian harvests.

CHICKPEAS Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Tonnes
Bangladesh 20644 19493 33814 36799 26278 6482 143511
Canada 1069 864 1173 939 909 489 5444
Egypt 0 198 250 125 0 0 573.13
Fiji 0 0 19 0 0 0 19
France 24 0 0 0 0 0 24
Greece 24 0 48 0 0 0 72
India 0 124 249 121 0 161 656
Indonesia 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Israel 0 0 24 0 24 0 48
Italy 0 24 24 24 0 0 72
Japan 48 0 0 0 0 24 72
Jordan 0 120 25 0 0 100 245
Malaysia 52 48 143 49 73 192 557
Mauritius 145 97 74 50 173 221 760
Nepal 856 2569 1272 0 0 241 4938
New Caledonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 13 27 14 25 26 105
Oman 72 48 0 0 0 0 120
Pakistan 12697 12047 12004 12307 19638 2936 71629
Romania 0 24 0 0 0 24 48
Singapore 2 27 48 0 0 75 152
South Africa 0 24 0 0 48 0 72
South Korea 0 0 0 0 24 0 24
Spain 120 24 120 48 0 167 479
Sri Lanka 221 72 48 244 326 505 1416
Thailand 28 48 12 24 0 0 112
UAE 10038 3316 4304 3939 927 4591 27116
UK 1031 806 1446 763 1261 927 6233
USA 103 62 170 22 88 160 605
Yemen 0 50 0 100 96 96 342
TOTAL 47173 40098 55296 55569 49892 17417 265446

Table 1: Australian chickpea export data for October to December 2019 and January to March 2020. Source: ABS

 

 

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