World: EU malt export forecast to increase this year – Newsletter No. 20a (2013-05-17)

The EU is forecast to export a total of 2.85 mln tonnes of barley malt in 2012/13, up from 2.804 mln tonnes last year (all numbers in grain equivalent), IGC said in its latest report.

Larger EU malt shipments are confirmed by the better capacity usage of the malting industry, experts said.

Canada will be ranked world’s second-largest exporter, after the EU, with 785 thousand tonnes of malt shipped abroad (771 thousand in 2011/12), while Australia – third (780 vs. 765 thousand tonnes).

Argentina is forecast to increase sharply shipments of malt abroad – to 700 thousand tonnes vs. 601 thousand in 2011/12.

USA, Uruguay, and China are forecast to export 460, 445 and 350 thousand tonnes of malt, respectively, in 2012/13.

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