German rapeseed imports have soared by 6% in the 2017/18 marketing year, reaching an all-time high of 6M tonnes, according to the oilseed association Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP).

Imports from other EU countries accounted for the largest share of German imports, although the bloc’s total share fell by 2% year-on-year to 75%, UFOP said in a 5 September statement.

France was the single largest rapeseed supplier at 1.4M tonnes, down 4% from the preceding year.

The Netherlands was the second largest export supplier, accounting for 740,000 tonnes, followed by Australia, which was responsible for 710,000 tonnes, marking a huge 27% drop from 2016/17.

Ukraine, at the fourth place, made the largest gains. Its exports to Germany increased three-fold to 670,000 tonnes or 11% of the total.

Germany processes roughly 10M tonnes/year of rapeseed, mostly driven by sales of rapeseed oil to the country’s biodiesel industry, said UFOP.