Export

Yemen Australia’s biggest July bulk wheat buyer: ABS

Liz Wells, September 25, 2019

AUSTRALIA exported 646,580 tonnes of bulk and 90,187t of containerised wheat in July, both up from the June totals, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Australia is a long-term supplier of wheat to Yemen. Photo: UN World Food Programme

In the bulk market, Yemen was the biggest customer by volume with 113,300t, followed by Vietnam on 92,020t, and Japan on 81,624t.

In containerised exports, China on 22,842t, followed by Vietnam with a steady 17,367t and Malaysia on 11,328t, were the biggest markets.

Market Check head of strategy Nick Crundall said ABS July wheat export data came in as expected, with exports tracking fairly strong relative to the poor season.

“Considering we’re now in the back end of the 2018-19 season, export forecast totals are all but locked in, so the market is putting less emphasis on this data as we track towards 2019-20,” Mr Crundall said.

“WA did the heavy lifting, while Yemen made its first purchase in a few months, and increased its total for the season to 466,000t, down about 50 per cent from its five-year average.

“Indonesia clocked another month of disappointing Australian imports, as it continues to illustrate an ability to substitute Aussie wheat for cheaper origins.”

Mr Crundall said volumes of containerised wheat exports have been stable over the past few months, tracking at around 90,000t each month.

BOXED May June July Tonnes
China 13813 14496 22842 51150
Egypt 1038 251 1523 2811
Fiji 3796 2188 2225 8209
French Polynesia 0 0 200 200
Hong Kong 24 0 0 24
India 0 0 485 485
Indonesia 546 1147 2009 3702
Japan 1620 0 1414 3035
Jordan 0 0 256 256
Korea 0 0 459 459
Malaysia 10897 8081 11328 30305
Myanmar 4572 5577 4441 14591
New Caledonia 1051 1272 827 3150
New Zealand 3227 3442 3102 9771
Papua New Guinea 305 177 0 483
Philippines 6215 8219 6030 20464
Saudi Arabia 250 0 750 1000
Singapore 3012 2001 0 5013
Solomon Islands 1752 3053 250 5055
Sri Lanka 5781 3445 0 9226
Taiwan 5065 6340 4636 16040
Thailand 11707 9236 9630 30573
United Arab Emirates 54 110 110 273
United Kingdom 617 968 305 1890
Vietnam 11599 17421 17367 46387
TOTAL 86940 87424 90187 264551

Table 1: ABS containerised Australian wheat exports for May, June and July 2019.

BULK May June July Tonnes
Bahrain 23984 24100 3400 51484
Egypt 33250 0 0 33250
Fiji 0 0 30000 30000
Indonesia 85450 36935 55500 177885
Japan 97196 80680 81624 259501
South Korea 76654 85966 63250 225870
Kuwait 47150 0 45459 92609
Malaysia 68455 1521 28999 98975
Myanmar 25300 0 0 25300
New Zealand 22906 22000 30110 75016
Papua New Guinea 35600 17600 51218 104418
Philippines 387727 208088 18700 614514
Thailand 29700 0 27500 57200
United Arab Emirates 21651 304 5500 27454
Vietnam 101085 18000 92020 211105
Yemen 83750 0 113300 197050
TOTAL 1139857 495194 646580 2281631

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

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