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Nov wheat exports at 1.63Mt up 10pc from Oct

Liz Wells, January 17, 2022

Queensland sites including GrainCorp’s Thallon depot received large volumes of high-quality wheat during the 2021 harvest. Photo: Dan Mulkerin

AUSTRALIA exported 1,630,698 tonnes of wheat in November 2021, up 10 per cent from 1,478,241t in October, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

China was the biggest market for the month, taking 669,657t, followed by Indonesia on 256,929t and The Philippines on 176,365t.

Containerised exports at 237,349t were almost triple the 79,668t shipped in November 2020, and up 3pc from the 230,883t shipped in October 2021.

In bulk, November 2021 exports at 1,393,349t were more than triple the 425,263t shipped in November 2020, and up 12pc from the 1,247,358t exported in October 2021.

The big upswing in the year-on-year figures indicates the bumper crop harvested in Queensland last year, and the large carry-out, in New South Wales in particular.

The NSW carry-out buffered export programs against the impact of a rain-delayed 2021 harvest, as did Western Australia’s strong and early start in its record harvest.

NSW on 646,985t was the biggest exporter of wheat including durum by volume in November 2021, followed by WA on 360,828t and Victoria on 270,382t.

Durum exports for November at 1504t are down from 28,877t in October, and mark the rundown of durum stocks from the 2020-21 crop.

BOXED Sep Oct Nov Tonnes
China 15635 12832 23004 51471
Egypt 0 747 0 747
Fiji 0 0 49 49
French Polynesia 0 126 126 252
Hong Kong 267 0 263 530
Indonesia 5332 6932 8379 20644
Japan 0 305 0 305
Malaysia 28458 29179 43699 101336
Myanmar 29511 2122 3539 35172
New Caledonia 3338 2582 2168 8088
New Zealand 4943 1356 1359 7658
Papua New Guinea 200 275 725 1200
Philippines 13076 12122 15926 41124
Singapore 501 6857 4525 11882
Solomon Islands 1622 0 1027 2649
South Korea 2296 0 2625 4921
Taiwan 31495 33626 43607 108728
Thailand 31948 47801 55743 135492
UK 402 0 0 402
Vietnam 35510 73101 29332 137943
DURUM
Japan 0 0 1 1
New Zealand 0 874 1252 2126
Vietnam 0 46 0 46
TOTAL 204533 230883 237349 672766

Table 1: Australian containerised wheat and durum exports in September, October and November 2021. Source: ABS

BULK Sep Oct Nov Tonnes
Bahrain 27500 0 0 27500
Bangladesh 67000 20533 48695 136228
China 117060 242820 646653 1006533
Egypt 0 32950 0 32950
Fiji 36354 0 9000 45354
Indonesia 114269 185011 248550 547830
Italy 27919 0 0 27919
Japan 82710 129138 5918 217767
Kuwait 50096 45077 45025 140198
Malaysia 0 33000 69731 102731
Mozambique 0 52702 49000 101702
Myanmar 0 27499 0 27499
New Zealand 62857 32194 30000 125051
Oman 6070 0 0 6070
Papua New Guinea 44500 0 18834 63334
Philippines 83760 43960 160439 288159
Qatar 21000 0 0 21000
Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 0
Singapore 0 0 17999 17999
South Korea 211210 68345 0 279555
Sri Lanka 64518 0 0 64518
Taiwan 0 0 1000 1000
Thailand 2059 3277 1004 6339
UAE 0 24332 0 24332
Vietnam 3701 224814 41250 269765
Yemen 0 53750 0 53750
DURUM
Italy 50500 27706 0 78206
New Zealand 0 0 0 0
Philippines 0 251 251 502
TOTAL 1073083 1247358 1393349 3713790

Table 1: Australian bulk wheat and durum exports in September, October and November 2021. Source: ABS

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