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Australian March wheat exports down 3pc on Feb

Liz Wells, May 9, 2022

Containerised wheat exports from ports including Sydney’s Botany rose 5pc in March from February, but bulk exports fell 4pc, and shipments overall were down 3pc. Photo: NSW Ports

AUSTRALIA exported 2,611,207 tonnes of wheat in March, down 3 per cent from 2,695,173t shipped in February, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Flooding in south-east Queensland and on the east coast of New South Wales which occurred in late February and into March saw volume dip, when it would otherwise have risen slightly.

Competition from other commodities, particularly canola and barley, also limited the wheat number.

China was the biggest market by far for Australia’s March combined containers and bulk wheat exports, and was the destination for 441,980t, followed by The Philippines on 365,088t, Indonesia on 298,416t and Vietnam on 293,893t.

In the containerised market, Taiwan was the biggest customer by far, taking 109,898t, and containerised exports in March at 283,920t were up 5pc on the February figure.

In its March 23 Australian Export Vessel Lineups commentary, Lachstock Consulting said Australia was set to ship a record-breaking 4.1 million tonnes (Mt) of bulk grain in total in March.

Western Australia appears to have shipped around 820,000t of wheat in March, down from 1Mt in February.

Shipping stems indicate the demand for barley, canola and pulse shipments will see the April figure for Australian wheat exports down marginally from March, but remain above 2Mt into May at least.

On durum, the first new-crop cargoes have popped in the March figures.

They comprise a cargo to Italy out of Newcastle, and a dual-port load in Newcastle and Port Adelaide to Algeria.

BOXED Oct-Dec Jan Feb Mar Jan-Mar Oct-Mar
China 34405 11423 1424 3519 16366 50771
Egypt 747 0 0 0 0 747
Fiji 49 0 350 0 350 399
French Polynesia 252 0 0 0 0 252
Hong Kong 263 0 135 259 394 657
Indonesia 12541 13178 8264 11600 33042 45583
Japan 305 1013 1200 580 2793 3098
Malaysia 62888 31502 18034 28093 77629 140517
Myanmar 5437 4841 3749 1490 10080 15517
New Caledonia 4099 2960 2278 2050 7288 11387
New Zealand 2215 2386 1500 3864 7750 9965
Pakistan  0 0 52736 0 52736 52736
Papua New Guinea 1000 398 728 347 1473 2473
Philippines 24396 11970 19422 14218 45610 70006
Saudi Arabia  0  0 261 0 261 261
Singapore 10882 3051 478 500 4029 14911
Solomon Islands 1027 1781 501 1500 3782 4809
South Korea 2625 3553 2987 1978 8518 11143
Taiwan 67727 42367 43345 109898 195610 263337
Thailand 89654 54481 34643 41213 130337 219991
Vietnam 102322 39750 78605 62809 181164 283486
DURUM
China 440 0 0 0 0 440
Japan 0 1002 0 1 1003 1003
Malaysia 0 0 0 1 1 1
New Zealand 1126 0 0 0 0 1126
Vietnam 46 0 0 0 0 46
TOTAL 424446 225656 270640 283920 780216 1204662

Table 1: Australian containerised wheat and durum exports in tonnes for October to December 2021 and January to March 2022. Source: ABS

BULK Oct-Dec Jan Feb Mar Jan-Mar Oct-Mar
Bangladesh 69385 55907 91322 63029 210258 279643
Burundi 0 1900 0 1900 1900
China 828972 675610 320091 438461 1434162 2263134
Egypt 32950 0 22964 0 22964 55914
Fiji 9000 39999 0 39002 79001 88001
Indonesia 396711 446470 349000 286816 1082286 1478997
Iraq 0 108001 52500 160501 160501
Japan 134156 66580 125741 31690 224011 358167
Kenya 0 0 62002 0 62002 62002
Kuwait 90102 41428 0 0 41428 131530
Malaysia 102731 64800 132000 56740 253540 356271
Mauritius  0 0 35175 0 35175 35175
Mozambique 101702 9000 51331 9000 69331 171033
Myanmar 27499 27203 0 0 27203 54702
New Zealand 62194 30615 110065 36030 176710 238904
Oman 0 22000 0 0 22000 22000
Papua New Guinea 18834 36500 0 16500 53000 71834
Philippines 204399 319424 292045 350362 961831 1166230
Qatar 0 0 21000 0 21000 21000
Rwanda 0 0 44400 0 44400 44400
Singapore 17999 0 0 0 0 17999
South Africa 0 90900 0 88000 178900 178900
South Korea 68345 106260 151140 268524 525924 594269
Sri Lanka 0 0 0 14252 14252 14252
Sudan 0 0 76628 143928 220556 220556
Tanzania 0 0 84750 0 84750 84750
Taiwan 1000 500 1509 526 2535 3535
Thailand 3781 53293 63353 3980 120626 124407
UAE 24332 11000 16500 5010 32510 56842
Vietnam 266064 175633 160069 230634 566336 832400
Yemen 53750 156445 103547 109786 369778 423528
DURUM
Algeria  0 0 0 52148  52148  52148
Italy 27706 0 0 29411 29411 57117
Japan 0 5665 0 0 5665 5665
Philippines 502 0 0 508 508 1010
Vietnam  0 0 0 450 450  450
TOTAL 2542112 2435232 2424533 2327287 7187052 9729164

Table 2: Australian bulk wheat and durum exports in tonnes for October to December 2021 and January to March 2022. Source: ABS

 

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