Australia’s chickpea exports drop 22pc over January


AUSTRALIA’S January chickpea exports at 62,781 tonnes dropped 22 per cent from the revised December total of 80,161t, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The drop reflects the impact of the tariff imposed by India in December, which saw January sales to that market total 675t, down from 21,000t in December and 185,672t in November.

While India is Australia’s biggest chickpea customer, Bangladesh and Pakistan are significant secondary markets. Both destinations increased their tonnage in January from December.

Tertiary markets buying unprocessed chickpeas and chana dahl have taken on increased significance in the absence of bulk demand from India.

“India is not going to buy for another six to eight months, and Australian chickpeas are looking for new markets like Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey,” Graintrend director, Sanjiv Dubey, said.

Australia’s 2017 chickpea harvest has been estimated at 800,000-900,000t.

Mr Dubey said he believed half had already been exported, some further tonnage had been forward sold, and a further 100,000-200,000t still needed to be priced.

“Whatever issues are associated with sanctions or risk, exporters are looking to alternative markets because Pakistan and Bangladesh can only buy so much.”

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