Mexico is a consistent buyer of Canadian canola seed. These imports bring value to the Mexican economy by supporting a domestic crushing and refining industry.

Market profile

  • Population: 127.0 million
  • Primary health concerns: Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity
  • Total vegetable oil consumption (2016): 2.7 million tonnes

Imports of Canadian canola (2016)

  • Seed: 1.5 million tonnes valued at $760.9 million
  • Oil: 49 thousand tonnes valued at $56.5 million
  • Meal: 27 thousand tonnes valued at $8.8 million
  • Total value of exports to Mexico: $826.2 million

Market trends

  • Canola is Canada's top agri-food export to Mexico.
  • Seed imports have seen conservative growth since 2005.
  • Canola oil and meal consumption have both risen over the past 5 years.

Economic benefits of importing Canadian canola

  • US$1.7 billion of economic activity per year
  • 8,300 jobs in Mexico