Europe (Jan – Aug) 2019

Malaysian Palm Oil Exports Performance to Europe Region
(Jan-Aug 2019)
A Review on MPO Performance

Table 1: A Review on MPO Export Performance (MT)

No.COUNTRYJan-Aug 2019Jan-Aug 2018Diff (Vol)Diff (%)
  1.  
Netherlands582,487596,664(14,176)(2.38)
  1.  
Spain362,942259,701103,24139.75
  1.  
Italy305,815202,115103,70051.31
  1.  
Sweden71,84970,6181,2301.74
  1.  
Denmark31,37034,263(2,894)(8.45)
  1.  
Ukraine24,38938,334(13,945)(36.38)
  1.  
Russia17,74214,7243,01920.50
  1.  
Germany16,01813,4662,55118.95
  1.  
UK11,24218,338(7,096)(38.70)
  1.  
Bulgaria8,74610,547(1,801)(17.08)
  1.  
Romania8,3626,3462,01631.77
  1.  
Croatia6,9056,5623425.22
  1.  
Greece5,0329,380(4,348)(46.36)
  1.  
Belgium2,7661,3241,441108.83
  1.  
Latvia1,9011731,7281,001.53
  1.  
Albania1,2871,15813011.22
  1.  
Poland1,319430890207.02
  1.  
Hungary1,06175430740.76
  1.  
Switzerland1,27715,797(14,520)(91.92)
  1.  
France350415(65)(15.72)
  1.  
Montenegro379402(23)(5.64)
  1.  
Macedonia19971128178.76
  1.  
Moldova163163
  1.  
Serbia120714969.11
  1.  
Czech2477(53)(68.78)
  1.  
Bosnia-Herceg2487(63)(72.43)
  1.  
Malta2424
  1.  
Lithuania1729(12)(40.56)
  1.  
Portugal3748(11)(22.38)
  1.  
Estonia42,021(42,021)(100.00)
  1.  
Norway22824(802)(97.33)
  1.  
Slovenia2391(68)(74.32)
  1.  
Serbia & Montenegro
  1.  
Grand Total1,463,8911,344,830119,0628.85

Source: MPOB

From January to August 2019, Malaysian palm oil export to the Europe region registered a total of 1,463,932 MT, a decrease of 119,102 MT or 8.86% from 1,344,830 MT which was recorded during the same period of 2018 as shown in Table 1. MPO exports to the EU however are on the increasing trend mainly due to the high demand as biodiesel feedstock attributed by high prices and insufficient supplies of rapeseed oil in the EU domestic market.

Table 2: Breakdown of MPO Exports (MT)

PRODUCTJan-Aug 2019Jan-Aug 2018Diff (Vol)Diff (%)
CPO / CPO ISCC / CPO RSPO935,536713,811221,72431.06
RBD PS130,868124,3556,5135.24
RBD PO51,372117,850(66,478)(56.41)
RBD PL77,000102,682(25,681)(25.01)
PFAD82,86889,230(6,362)(7.13)
PMF / RBD PMF65,25066,126(876)(1.32)
PAO55,07041,57713,49432.45
OTHERS65,92789,199(23,272)(26.09)
TOTAL1,463,8911,344,830119,0628.85

Source: MPOB

Exports of crude palm oil including those of certified palm oil (RSPO and ISCC certified) into the EU continue to be on the upward trend which saw an increase of 31.06% or by 221,724 MT as shown in Table 2. Higher uptake are recorded mostly into Spain and Italy where palm oil is utilized in the energy sector. However, export of certified palm oil into the Netherlands went down during the same period of time.

Palm oil use for biodiesel in the EU may continue to rise further to a new high of approximately 4.4 Million MT this year before any concrete steps towards lowering / phasing out palm oil use for energy until 2030 are taken by the EU authorities. Spain’s usage of palm oil for HVO production has been increasing driven by the rising mandates for blending with fossil transport fuels. Virtually all HVO fuel in Spain is produced from palm oil. In Italy, consumption of palm oil is gradually increasing reportedly due to the opening of a new biofuels plant this year which has the capacity to process 750,000 MT of virgin vegetable oils and waste fats and oils on annual basis.

Chart 1: Breakdown of MPO Exports (MT)

Table 3: MPO Imports by Netherlands by Type of Products

TYPE OF PRODUCTSJan-Aug 2019Jan-Aug 2018Diff (Vol)Diff (%)
CPO236,711249,584(12,872)(5.16)
CPO INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY AND CARBON CERTIFICATION85,49834,49950,998147.82
CPO FOR RSPO FROM MASS BALANCE / SEGREGATED &
INT SUSTAINABILITY AND CARBON CERTIFICATION
66,37793,836(27,459)(29.26)
RBD PS71,13378,344(7,212)(9.20)
PFAD50,48843,7966,69215.28
CPO FOR RSPO FROM MASS BALANCE / SEGREGATED13,96822,458(8,490)(37.80)
PAO10,4477,5622,88538.16
DFRBD PL / Super PL55226,250(25,699)(97.90)
OTHERS47,31440,3356,97917.30
TOTAL582,487596,664-14,176-2.38

Source: MPOB

The use of palm oil for biofuel production is expected to remain stagnant or gradually decline especially in the Netherlands because of company policies to reduce the use of virgin vegetable oils in their feedstock mix. Additionally, the use of palm oil for HVO production in the Netherlands is being phased out and replaced by waste fats and oils such as used cooking oil and palm fatty acid distillate (PFAD), which is the by-product of palm oil refining. PFAD is being both imported and sourced domestically from palm oil refining plants.


For more info please contact Mrs Azriyah Azian
Email : azriyah@mpoc.org.my

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