China

China is one of our most important customers. We are actively seeking to improve the predictability of this promising and diverse market.

Market profile

  • Population: 1.39 billion
  • Total vegetable oil consumption (2017): 32.6 million tonnes
  • #1 vegetable oil consumer in the world


Imports of Canadian canola (2017)

  • Seed: 4.5 million tonnes valued at $2.6 billion
  • Oil: 688 thousand tonnes valued at $673.7 million
  • Meal: 1.0 million tonnes valued at $367.1 million
  • Total value of exports to China: $2.7 billion


Market trends

  • Seed imports have grown significantly from 2.9 million tonnes in 2013 to 4.5 million tonnes in 2017.
  • Oil imports have grown consistently since 2014.
  • Meal imports were restricted in 2013 when China implemented new registration requirements for Canadian processors exporting meal, and resumed in late 2016.

Economic benefits of importing Canadian canola

  • US$3.6 billion of economic activity per year
  • 16,150 jobs in China