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: 1.44 billion
  • Total vegetable oil consumption (2019): 35.2 million tonnes
  • #1 vegetable oil consumer in the world

Imports of Canadian canola (2019)

  • Seed: 1.5 million tonnes valued at $822 million
  • Oil: 872 thousand tonnes valued at $840 million
  • Meal: 1.3 million tonnes valued at $469.7 million
  • Total value of exports to China: $2.1 billion

Market trends

  • Seed imports grew significantly from 2.9 million tonnes in 2013 to 4.8 million tonnes in 2018, before dropping to 1.5 million tonnes in 2019 due to market access challenges.
  • 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