Monthly Almond Exports from Australia Climb

February 10, 2021

Australian almond exports more than doubled in December 2020 compared with December 2019, increasing to 13.5 million pounds from 5.1 million pounds, new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows.

December 2020 shipments bring Australia’s 2020-2021 marketing year-to-date exports to 163.4 million pounds, about equal to the 163.5 million pounds exported during the same period the previous marketing year. Australia’s marketing year begins in March and ends in February.

China remained Australia’s largest export market in December 2020, taking 3.9 million pounds of almonds. The chart below shows the top 10 destinations for the country’s almond exports in December 2020:

Shipments to the U.S. for the month hit 3 million pounds, the highest on record. Market observers said it can be less expensive to ship almonds to the U.S. East Coast from Australia than from California.

Observers also note that packers in California have reinforced their larger-size almond supplies with imports from Australia. Large-size California almonds have been in short supply this crop year.