Imports of Australian rapeseed into the German market have increased recently while Canadian supplies have slowed since January, the latest figures show.
Although the German rapeseed harvest in 2020 was larger than the previous year, it was nevertheless below average.
This means that significant rapeseed imports were again needed for the 2020/21 marketing year.
Canada, Ukraine and the Baltic countries were major suppliers of rapeseed during the first half of the season.
In the first quarter of this year, Canada and Ukraine contributed significant volumes. Ukraine shipped more rapeseed to Germany – 169,000 tonnes – than in the same period last year, while shipments from Canada fell by almost a quarter to 87,000 tonnes.
This drop can be explained by the fact that at the beginning of January, Canadian stocks of rapeseed were already lower than in previous years. France and the Netherlands provided larger shipments, as they usually do in the first quarter.
However, since the start of the year Australia has been the main source of rapeseed for Germany.
In the first quarter of 2020, the country had supplied only small volumes after significant declines in harvests significantly reduced its export potential.
During the current season, Germany received around 335,000 tonnes of Australian rapeseed between January and March. This resulted in an increase of over 150% compared to the period last year.