28 April 2021

Export value of the oils and fats sector increased to 12.3 billion euros in 2020 (+ 16%)

The Dutch import and export of oilseeds, oils, fats and related products - both in volume and value - rose sharply again in 2020. Almost all product categories: oilseeds, vegetable oils and fats, animal fat, UCOs , biodiesel and lecithin, show growth. This has further increased the importance of the oils and fats industry for the Dutch economy.


Total exports increased by 16% to EUR 12.3 billion in 2020. In volume, exports also increased by 16%. The main export countries for the oils and fats industry are our closest neighbors: Germany (35%), Belgium (20%) and the United Kingdom (UK) (10%). Exports to the UK (including Northern Ireland), which has been designated in these figures as a non-EU country as a result of Brexit, amounted to a value of 1.3 billion euros.


The MVO industry imported a wide variety of oilseeds, oils, fats and related products (including biodiesel, UCOs and lecithin) from more than 100 countries worldwide. Major suppliers are Indonesia, Malaysia, the United States (US), Brazil, Ukraine, Germany and Belgium. The import figures show a significant increase in value: from 12.7 billion euros in 2019 to 14.9 billion euros in 2020. This increase can be explained by rising prices, but also by 12,55% volume growth (20.2 million tonnes in 2019; 22,7 million tons in 2020).

For the complete report (in Dutch) click here (update 6 May 2021).

Last modified: 6 May 2021