German biodiesel exports increase slightly

By UFOP | January 03, 2017

German biodiesel exports over the first 10 months of 2016 slightly exceeded those of the same period in 2015. The significant drop in demand for biodiesel from the majority of European trading partners was offset by an increase in shipments to the Netherlands and Poland.

German biodiesel exports reached 1.25 million metric tons (375.2 million gallons) by the end of October 2016, exceeding the previous year's figure by 0.4 percent. This means that the previous downward trend no longer continues. According to Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft mbH, the Netherlands continue to be the primary recipient country. The export volume went up by 37 percent from the previous year, to around 485,000 tons (145.6 million gallons). 

Surprisingly, Polish trading partners purchased more than twice the biodiesel amount of the previous year. This moved Poland up to the second position among the main importing countries.

By contrast, countries such as the Czech Republic, France or Austria reduced their imports by between 27 and 56 percent.

Biodiesel exports to Switzerland and the U.S. saw the biggest increases, with Switzerland raising its purchases by virtually 200 percent and the U.S. increasing imports by 350 percent. However, at 36,000 and 49,000 tons (10.8 million and 14.7 million gallons), respectively, the volumes were comparatively small.

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