German biodiesel exports rose strongly

June 2, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that in the first three months of 2018, German exports of biodiesel rose strongly. Above all, demand from the U.S., but also from Belgium and Austria saw a sharp increase.

In the first quarter of 2018, biodiesel exports increased just less than 31 per cent from same period last year to 428,620 tonnes. Around 84 per cent of these exports were shipped to EU-28 countries. This was up 16 per cent from the previous year. The top purchaser of German biodiesel continued to be the Netherlands, with imports rising 6 per cent to 156,860 tonnes. Belgium moved up to second place, outstripping Poland and doubling its imports to 47,650 tonnes. Nevertheless, Poland’s biodiesel purchases from Germany went up around 18 per cent. The US recorded the biggest growth in imports, absorbing 42,651 tonnes. In the same period last year, US imports were very low at 24 tonnes. According to Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (mbH), Austria, Sweden and Switzerland also imported considerably more German biodiesel than in the 2017 reference period. In contrast, biodiesel deliveries to France, the Czech Republic and especially Great Britain declined. Demand from the UK crashed 40 per cent to just less than 7,800 tonnes. The Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP) has underlined the importance exports have for the German biodiesel industry. The association pointed out that in view of the forthcoming rapeseed harvest exports took pressure off the market.

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