German biodiesel exports in the first three months of 2019 surged around 33% to 581,248 tonnes year-on-year, according to Germany’s Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP).

Around 87% of these exports were shipped to EU28 countries, an increase of just over 37% from the previous year, UFOP said on 29 May.

The top buyer of was the Netherlands, which imported 47% of German biodiesel or 230,465 tonnes.

However, Great Britain recorded the biggest increase, purchasing 40,000 tonnes of biodiesel from Germany, more than five times as much as in the previous year.

Belgium, the USA and Austria also recorded large quantities and strong growth, UFOP said.

Belgium bought a total of 88,350 tonnes, almost doubling its imports year-on-year. Exports to the USA were up 26% at 53,696 tonnes. Austria’s imports of 43,450 tonnes were also up almost 26% year-on-year.

UFOP said the export market was important for German biodiesel producers as the buyers of feedstock from rapeseed growers.

“These exports have a stabilising effect on prices and consequently safeguard rapeseed cultivation and marketing.”