Export record for biodiesel
Germany's biodiesel industry well positioned in international competition
Berlin, 24 March 2014 – At just under 1.6 million tonnes, the German biodiesel industry notched up a new export record in 2013. This is the result of an appraisal by the Agricultural Market Information Company (AMI) based on data from the Federal Statistical Office. According to this, exports have risen by 20 percent or nearly 350,000 tonnes in comparison to the previous year. From the viewpoint of the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP), it is also noteworthy that biodiesel imports fell from 0.76 to 0.56 million tonnes in the same period.
The UFOP believes several reasons are responsible for this positive development. The punitive tariffs imposed against Argentina and Indonesia are now showing their effect. Thus, less than a mere 7500 tonnes of biodiesel were imported from Indonesia. What is more, the export balance confirmed the competitiveness of the German biodiesel industry and consequently its international marketing expertise. The USA with 180,000 tonnes of biodiesel is the most important partner outside the European Union.
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