Magazine article Amber Waves

U.S. Exports of Chickpeas, Lentils, and Dry Peas Have Dropped Sharply Due to a Steep Decline in Shipments to India

Magazine article Amber Waves

U.S. Exports of Chickpeas, Lentils, and Dry Peas Have Dropped Sharply Due to a Steep Decline in Shipments to India

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The United States is a key global producer and exporter of a class of commodities known as pulses (dry edible seeds of plants in the legume family), which includes chickpeas, lentils, and dry peas. In 2017, the United States accounted for about 11 percent of total global exports by volume and ranked third in total shipments. Until recently, U.S. exports of pulse crops increased steadily as the volume of exports rose in concert with prices, expanding planted area, and production. However, for much of the past 2 marketing years (July-June), U.S. exports of chickpeas, lentils, and dry peas were sharply lower due to greatly reduced sales to the key India market. As recently as the first quarter of the 2016/17 marketing year, sales of chickpeas, lentils, and dry peas to India represented nearly 50 percent of all U.S. sales of these pulse crops. In the first quarter of the 2018/19 marketing year, this share had fallen to about 5 percent of aggregate export sales of the same crops.

The recent decline in sales began in the first quarter of 2017/18 when traditionally high seasonal shipments to the India market did not materialize. At that time, abundant monsoon rains helped to greatly expand Indian production of many pulse crops, decreasing demand for U.S. supplies. The large volume of domestic production weighed on prices received by Indian farmers and led the Indian Government to impose tariffs on imported chickpeas, lentils, and a variety of dry peas, further constraining U. …

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