Almond Exports from Australia Jump in November

January 13, 2021

Australian almond exports nearly doubled in November 2020 compared with the same month in 2019, increasing to 20.4 million pounds from 10.8 million pounds, new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows.

November 2020 shipments bring Australia’s 2020-2021 marketing year-to-date exports to 149.9 million pounds, down 5% from 158.3 million pounds during the same period the previous marketing year. Australia’s marketing year begins in March and ends in February.

China purchased nearly 10 million pounds of almonds from Australia for shipment in November 2020, about half of Australia’s shipments that month. China typically buys heavily from Australia before the Chinese Near Year.

The chart below shows the top 10 destinations for Australian almonds in November 2020.

In recent months, China has imposed trade restrictions on a range of commodities and products from Australia. China customs authorities have increased checks on almond imports from Australia but have refrained from denying them entry.

Exports from Australia were higher from September to November 2020 compared with the same months in previous years as packers there catch up with lower-than-usual shipments the first half of the current marketing year. Low NPIS prices prompted packers to refrain from selling earlier in the marketing year.