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Almonds: record exports in Australia

May 15, 2024 at 9:18 AM , Der AUDITOR
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CANBERRA. Australia achieved record exports in the 2023/2024 season despite declining crop results. Meanwhile, the 2024 has been completed.

Australia's exports set a new record

The last month of Australian almond exports once again saw a large deficit. In February 2024, exports totalled 3,859 mt, 26% less than in the same month last year. The 9% increase in domestic shipments to 1,884 mt only partially offset the deficit. A total of 5,742 mt of Australian almonds (shelled and unshelled) were shipped domestically and overseas in February, a decrease of 17% compared to the same month last year. While exports to India (+212% to 864 mt) and the USA (+16% to 497 mt) increased, shipments to countries such as Turkey (-55% to 484 mt), China (-45% to 471 mt), Spain (-63% to 383 mt) and Germany (-52% to 80 mt) declined massively.

Australian almond shipments for the 2023/2024 season (Mar-Feb) totalled 131,479 mt, a slight increase on the previous year and a new export record. Domestic shipments remained at a similar level at 24,422 mt and overseas shipments rose by around 1,800 mt to 107,057 mt, setting a new record. While exports to China fell by a good third to 33,434 mt, buyer countries such as India (+114% to 19,201 mt), Vietnam (+41% to 11,864 mt), Turkey (+84% to 11,104 mt) and Spain (+23% to 10,609 mt) significantly increased their imports compared to last year.

The overall stable export result is impressive despite the drastic decline in production last year. At 103,381 mt, Australia's 2023 almond crop was around a third lower than originally expected – and yet the export volume was able to achieve a new record result. The 2024 harvest has now been finished and experts are confident that production will return to its previous level.

Almond* exports and domestic shipments,* Australia, in mt

Destination

2022/23

2023/24

Diff.

China

50,848

33,434

-34.2%

Australia

24,216

24,422

0.9%

India

8,993

19,201

113.5%

Vietnam

8,410

11,864

41.1%

Turkey

6,052

11,104

83.5%

Spain

8,642

10,609

22.8%

USA

2,914

3,871

32.8%

Germany

3,527

3,765

6.7%

UAE

3,477

2,368

-31.9%

Netherlands

1,562

1,525

-2.4%

Others

10,859

9,316

-14.2%

Total

129,500

131,479

1.5%

Almond Board of Australia; Mar-Feb

*shelled and unshelled

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