Palm oil imports skyrocket to record 12.62 lakh tonnes in September

India imported a record quantity of palm oil in September at any time given that it commenced shipping and delivery in the commodity in 1996, though the country’s obtain of edible oils also hit a new high in the course of the thirty day period as a end result.

According to the data readily available with Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA), the place imported 12.62 lakh tonnes (lt) of palm oil (which includes RBD palmolien, crude palm oil and crude palm kernel oil) through September against 7.5 lt in August, recording a progress of 68.24 for each cent.

BV Mehta, Government Director of SEA, stated palm oil import at 12.62 lt in September is the greatest in any one thirty day period since India begun importing palm oil in 1996.

There was considerable bounce in the import of RBD palmolein from 1.87 lt in August to 3.97 lt in September. India imported 8.44 lt of crude palm oil (CPO) in September against 5.50 lt in August and 19,896 tonnes of CPKO (crude palm kernel oil).

Import of RBD palmolien sharply greater all through August and September thanks to the relaxation in policy for import of RBD palmolein with impact from July 1. The general import of RBD palmolein jumped by more than 50 per cent and described at 6.28 lt in the very first 11 months of the oil 12 months 2020-21 (November-October) as towards 4.16 lt in the corresponding period of the past oil calendar year, he reported.

Import of RBD palmolein and RBD palm oil moved from ‘restricted’ to ‘free’ category with result from July 1 up to December 31.

Indonesia and Malaysia are the key suppliers of RBD palmolein and CPO to India. During November-September 2020-21, Malaysia exported 32.66 lt of CPO and 1.82 lt of RBD palmolein, adopted by Indonesia at 4.35 lt of RBD palmolein and 32.31 lt of CPO to India.

New peak in edible oil import

Import of edible oils has reached a new peak right after six years with the import of 16.98 lt in September. He explained it is a new document in the cargo of edible oil in a single month. Before, India experienced imported 16.51 lt in Oct 2015.

Import of vegetable oils (together with the two edible and non-edible oils) stood at 17.62 lt in September as from 10.53 lt in August, and 10.61 lt in September 2020.

The general import of vegetable oils through November-September 2020-21 stood at 124.70 lt as towards 122.57 lt in November-September of 2019-20.

Mehta claimed the import of palm oil increased to 76.27 lt throughout November-September of 2020-21 in contrast to 64.40 lt in the corresponding period of time of the oil 12 months 2019-20. He attributed this to the lower responsibility edge as opposed to gentle oils.

The general share of palm oil in the overall edible oil imports greater to 63 per cent all through the November-September 2020-21 as towards 54 for every cent in the corresponding interval of former oil yr.

Import of smooth oils lowered to 44.58 lt for the duration of November-September of 2020-21 from 55.09 lt in the corresponding time period of 2019-20. He attributed this to the higher selling prices of soybean and sunflower oils in international market place for the duration of the period.

Rapeseed oil import begins

He mentioned the shipment of crude rapeseed oil restarted to India from August because of to superior price of domestic rapeseed oil (mustard oil). India imported nearly 12,000 tonnes and 20,215 tonnes of rapeseed oil for the duration of August and September, respectively. He reported this the cargo is envisioned to increase through the upcoming two-3 months to fill the shortage of mustard oil.

For the duration of November-September of 2020-21, India imported crude soyabean degummed oil from Argentina (22.38 lt) followed by Brazil (3.40 lt). The state imported crude sunflower oil from Ukraine (13.19 lt) adopted by Russia (2.22 lt) and Argentina (1.99 lt) during the interval.


He claimed the inventory of edible oils at a variety of ports was believed at 8.45 lt, and pipeline stock at 11.60 lt as on Oct 1. He attributed this to weighty import all through September.

The total inventory has amplified by 2.55 lt to 20.05 lt as on October 1, from 17.50 lt as on September 1, and 16.02 lt in October 2020.