Palm Oil Imports by Country

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International purchases of imported palm oil totaled US$33.8 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of palm oil imports decreased by -10.4% for all importing countries since 2013 when international purchases of palm oil were valued at $37.7 billion. Year over year, palm oil imports appreciated 19.8% from 2016 to 2017.

An edible vegetable oil, palm oil is derived from the reddish pulp of oil palm plant fruit. Palm oil is a highly saturated vegetable fat used for lower-cost cooking, blending into mayonnaise and as a butter substitute. Palm oil is also an ingredient for biodiesel fuels.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported palm oil during 2017 with purchases valued at $18.2 billion or over half (53.8%) of the global total. In second place were European importers at 24.9% while 14.1% of palm oil imported worldwide was delivered to Africa. Smaller percentages went to customers in North America (4.6%), Latin America (2.1%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, then Oceania (0.4%) led by Papua New Guinea.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 1515 for palm oil and its refractions, whether or not refined.

Palm Oil Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of palm oil during 2017.

  1. India: US$6.8 billion (20% of total palm oil imports)
  2. China: $3.5 billion (10.3%)
  3. Pakistan: $2.1 billion (6.2%)
  4. Netherlands: $2 billion (5.9%)
  5. Spain: $1.4 billion (4.3%)
  6. Italy: $1.1 billion (3.3%)
  7. United States: $1.1 billion (3.2%)
  8. Bangladesh: $998.9 million (3%)
  9. Germany: $797.6 million (2.4%)
  10. Egypt: $745.8 million (2.2%)
  11. Russia: $701.7 million (2.1%)
  12. Kenya: $587.6 million (1.7%)
  13. Vietnam: $537.2 million (1.6%)
  14. Japan: $528.9 million (1.6%)
  15. Belgium: $467.2 million (1.4%)

The listed 15 countries purchased 69.2% of all palm oil imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for palm oil since 2013 were: Spain (up 78.5%), Egypt (up 19.4%), Pakistan (up 13.7%) and Kenya (up 13.3%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported palm oil purchases were led by: Bangladesh (down -49.6%), Germany (down -43.4%), China (down -28.7%) and Belgium (down -25.7%).

India

Palm Oil Imported into India

India’s global purchases of imported palm oil totaled US$6.8 billion in 2017. Below are the top 8 suppliers from which India imported the highest dollar value worth of palm oil during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Indonesia: US$5.1 billion (up 5% from 2013)
  2. Malaysia: $1.5 billion (down -20.5%)
  3. Thailand: $117 million (down -33.4%)
  4. Philippines: $14.8 million (up 10.2%)
  5. Papua New Guinea: $14.4 million (no 2013 data)
  6. Denmark: $98,000 (no 2013 data)
  7. France: $15,000 (no 2013 data)
  8. United States: $1,000 (down -100.0%)

The listed 8 countries shipped 100% of India’s palm oil imported in 2017.

Two suppliers of palm oil expanded their sales to India since 2013: Philippines (up 10.2%) and Indonesia (up 4.8%).

Overall, the value of India’s palm oil imports fell by an average -2.8% from all supplying countries since 2013 when palm oil purchased were valued at $7 billion.

China

Palm Oil Imported into China

China’s global purchases of imported palm oil totaled US$3.5 billion in 2017. Below are the top 8 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of palm oil during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Indonesia: US$2.2 billion (up 11% from 2013)
  2. Malaysia: $1.3 billion (down -55.3%)
  3. Thailand: $1.3 million (no 2013 data)
  4. Denmark: $81,000 (no 2013 data)
  5. Netherlands: $53,000 (up 960%)
  6. India: $6,000 (down -100%)
  7. Germany: $4,000 (no 2013 data)
  8. Ecuador: $1,000 (no 2013 data)

The listed 8 countries shipped 100% of all China’s imported palm oil in 2017.

Two suppliers expanded their sales of palm oil to China since 2013: Netherlands (up 960%) and Indonesia (up 11.%).

Overall, the value of China’s palm oil imports dropped by an average -28.7% from all supplying countries since 2013 when palm oil purchased were valued at $4.9 billion.

Pakistan

Palm Oil Imported into Pakistan

Pakistan’s global purchases of imported palm oil totaled US$2.1 billion in 2017. Below are the top 8 suppliers from which Pakistan imported the highest dollar value worth of palm oil during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Indonesia: US$1.6 billion (up 132.7% from 2013)
  2. Malaysia: $476.8 million (down -58.4%)
  3. Singapore: $197,000 (down -82.8%)
  4. Australia: $184,000 (no 2013 data)
  5. Turkey: $81,000 (no 2013 data)
  6. Saudi Arabia: $2,000 (no 2013 data)
  7. Afghanistan: $1,000 (no 2013 data)
  8. France: $1,000 (no 2013 data)

The listed 8 countries shipped 100% of all Pakistan’s imported palm oil in 2017.

The lone supplier to grow its palm oil sales to Pakistan since 2013 was Indonesia via its 132.7% gain.

Overall, the value of Pakistan’s palm oil imports declined by an average -13.7% from all supplying countries since 2013 when palm oil purchased were valued at $1.8 billion.

Netherlands

Palm Oil Imported into the Netherlands

Dutch global purchases of imported palm oil totaled US$2 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the Netherlands imported the highest dollar value worth of palm oil during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Indonesia: US$686 million (down -39.3% from 2013)
  2. Malaysia: $384.7 million (down -60.3%)
  3. Papua New Guinea: $250 million (up 227.3%)
  4. Colombia: $192.8 million (up 176.7%)
  5. Guatemala: $184.9 million (up 208.7%)
  6. Honduras: $181.6 million (up 174.2%)
  7. Germany: $31.2 million (up 44.5%)
  8. Denmark: $24.3 million (up 26,060%)
  9. Ecuador: $16.1 million (down -36.1%)
  10. Belgium: $15.6 million (up 56.9%)
  11. Solomon Islands: $15.2 million (up 188.5%)
  12. United Kingdom: $8.7 million (up 257.6%)
  13. Sweden: $2.2 million (up 1,212%)
  14. Ghana: $2.1 million (up 35.4%)
  15. Brazil: $1.9 million (down -95.8%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.6% of Dutch palm oil imported in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of palm oil to the Netherlands since 2013 were: Denmark (up 26,060%), Sweden (up 1,212%), United Kingdom (up 257.6%) and Papua New Guinea (up 227.3%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their palm oil supplied to Dutch importers included: Brazil (down -95.8%), Malaysia (down -60.3%), Indonesia (down -39.3%) and Ecuador (down -36.1%).

Overall, the value of palm oil imported into the Netherlands decreased by an average -21.2% from all supplying countries since 2013 when palm oil purchased were valued at $2.5 billion.



 

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RankImporter2017 Palm Oil Imports%Total
1.India$6.8 billion20%
2.China$3.5 billion10.3%
3.Pakistan$2.1 billion6.2%
4.Netherlands$2 billion5.9%
5.Spain$1.4 billion4.3%
6.Italy$1.1 billion3.3%
7.United States$1.1 billion3.2%
8.Bangladesh$998.9 million3%
9.Germany$797.6 million2.4%
10.Egypt$745.8 million2.2%
11.Russia$701.7 million2.1%
12.Kenya$587.6 million1.7%
13.Vietnam$537.2 million1.6%
14.Japan$528.9 million1.6%
15.Belgium$467.2 million1.4%
16.Ethiopia$436.1 million1.3%
17.Turkey$435 million1.3%
18.Tanzania$420.5 million1.2%
19.Malaysia$400.9 million1.2%
20.South Korea$359.7 million1.1%
21.Iran$357.8 million1.1%
22.Mexico$355.7 million1.1%
23.United Kingdom$351.4 million1%
24.South Africa$327.9 million1%
25.United Arab Emirates$313.2 million0.9%
26.France$302 million0.9%
27.Saudi Arabia$291.7 million0.9%
28.Uganda$258.7 million0.8%
29.Djibouti$239.8 million0.7%
30.Poland$224.6 million0.7%
31.Ghana$211.2 million0.6%
32.Benin$203 million0.6%
33.Singapore$192.8 million0.6%
34.Philippines$191.2 million0.6%
35.Angola$177.3 million0.5%
36.Denmark$171.6 million0.5%
37.Ukraine$167.7 million0.5%
38.Nigeria$167.2 million0.5%
39.Taiwan$159.9 million0.5%
40.Sri Lanka$147.9 million0.4%
41.Colombia$145.9 million0.4%
42.Myanmar (Burma)$145.9 million0.4%
43.Brazil$132.7 million0.4%
44.Sweden$132 million0.4%
45.Yemen$129.5 million0.4%
46.Senegal$127.1 million0.4%
47.Afghanistan$112.3 million0.3%
48.Somalia$103.6 million0.3%
49.Oman$103.5 million0.3%
50.Canada$100.7 million0.3%
51.Australia$97.7 million0.3%
52.Ireland$96.8 million0.3%
53.Madagascar$86.4 million0.3%
54.El Salvador$77.9 million0.2%
55.Algeria$74 million0.2%
56.Greece$72.6 million0.2%
57.Congo$67.2 million0.2%
58.Haiti$63.3 million0.2%
59.Nepal$62.6 million0.2%
60.Kazakhstan$53 million0.2%
61.Nicaragua$48.6 million0.1%
62.Romania$46.7 million0.1%
63.Azerbaijan$46.6 million0.1%
64.Côte d'Ivoire$46.2 million0.1%
65.Cameroon$43.3 million0.1%
66.Morocco$42.6 million0.1%
67.Zambia$41.8 million0.1%
68.Mozambique$41 million0.1%
69.Costa Rica$40.6 million0.1%
70.Togo$40.1 million0.1%
71.Honduras$38.8 million0.1%
72.Tunisia$37 million0.1%
73.Hungary$36.6 million0.1%
74.Jordan$36 million0.1%
75.Bulgaria$35.8 million0.1%
76.Switzerland$35.3 million0.1%
77.Austria$33.9 million0.1%
78.Dominican Republic$32.5 million0.1%
79.Democratic Rep. Congo$31 million0.1%
80.Kuwait$29.3 million0.1%
81.Portugal$28.2 million0.1%
82.Venezuela$27.3 million0.1%
83.Israel$26.7 million0.1%
84.Uruguay$24.4 million0.1%
85.Sudan$24.2 million0.1%
86.Chile$24.1 million0.1%
87.Guinea$23.5 million0.1%
88.Serbia$23.1 million0.1%
89.Liberia$23 million0.1%
90.Qatar$22.7 million0.1%
91.Croatia$22.1 million0.1%
92.Guatemala$22.1 million0.1%
93.Czech Republic$21.6 million0.1%
94.Papua New Guinea$21.5 million0.1%
95.Sierra Leone$21.5 million0.1%
96.Gabon$20.4 million0.1%
97.Estonia$19.3 million0.1%
98.Lebanon$19.1 million0.1%
99.Niger$18.6 million0.1%
100.New Zealand$18.4 million0.1%
101.Iraq$16.4 million0.05%
102.Equatorial Guinea$16.4 million0.05%
103.Lithuania$15.5 million0.05%
104.Rwanda$13.7 million0.04%
105.Timor-Leste$13.5 million0.04%
106.Malawi$12.9 million0.04%
107.Zimbabwe$12.4 million0.04%
108.Thailand$11.8 million0.03%
109.Bahrain$11 million0.03%
110.Macedonia$10.2 million0.03%
111.Burkina Faso$9.4 million0.03%
112.Slovakia$8.3 million0.02%
113.Syrian Arab Republic$8.3 million0.02%
114.Eritrea$8.2 million0.02%
115.Cambodia$7.6 million0.02%
116.North Korea$7.6 million0.02%
117.Central African Republic$7.5 million0.02%
118.Trinidad/Tobago$7.4 million0.02%
119.Maldives$7.3 million0.02%
120.Hong Kong$6.8 million0.02%
121.Guinea-Bissau$6.6 million0.02%
122.Bosnia/Herzegovina$6.1 million0.02%
123.Belarus$6 million0.02%
124.Mauritania$6 million0.02%
125.Burundi$5.9 million0.02%
126.Mauritius$5.4 million0.02%
127.Comoros$5.1 million0.02%
128.Brunei Darussalam$5 million0.01%
129.Jamaica$5 million0.01%
130.Panama$4.8 million0.01%
131.Mongolia$4.8 million0.01%
132.Peru$4.4 million0.01%
133.Fiji$4.2 million0.01%
134.Argentina$4.1 million0.01%
135.Bolivia$3.5 million0.01%
136.Cuba$3.4 million0.01%
137.Guyana$3.2 million0.01%
138.Laos$3.1 million0.01%
139.Moldova$2.9 million0.01%
140.Kyrgyzstan$2.7 million0.01%
141.US Minor Outlying Is$2.6 million0.01%
142.Finland$2.3 million0.01%
143.Namibia$2 million0.01%
144.Indonesia$1.8 million0.01%
145.South Sudan$1.8 million0.01%
146.Slovenia$1.7 million0.005%
147.Norway$1.5 million0.004%
148.Mali$1.4 million0.004%
149.Latvia$1.4 million0.004%
150.Vanuatu$1.3 million0.004%
151.Swaziland$1.3 million0.004%
152.Suriname$1.2 million0.003%
153.Georgia$1.2 million0.003%
154.Armenia$962,0000.003%
155.Barbados$937,0000.003%
156.Cyprus$797,0000.002%
157.Botswana$774,0000.002%
158.Seychelles$741,0000.002%
159.Iceland$724,0000.002%
160.Libya$684,0000.002%
161.Palestine$678,0000.002%
162.Albania$644,0000.002%
163.Tonga$594,0000.002%
164.Luxembourg$553,0000.002%
165.Turkmenistan$542,0000.002%
166.Montenegro$538,0000.002%
167.Malta$478,0000.001%
168.Kiribati$467,0000.001%
169.Solomon Islands$378,0000.001%
170.Chad$373,0000.001%
171.Saint Lucia$304,0000.001%
172.Gambia$246,0000.001%
173.Ecuador$212,0000.001%
174.Bahamas$205,0000.001%
175.Samoa$188,0000.001%
176.Uzbekistan$180,0000.001%
177.Micronesia$177,0000.001%
178.Dominica$167,0000.0005%
179.Grenada$160,0000.0005%
180.Sao Tome/Principe$155,0000.0005%
181.Tajikistan$136,0000.0004%
182.Lesotho$123,0000.0004%
183.Antigua/Barbuda$118,0000.0003%
184.Macao$113,0000.0003%
185.St Vincent/Grenadines$85,0000.0003%
186.New Caledonia$73,0000.0002%
187.Greenland$67,0000.0002%
188.Curaçao$65,0000.0002%
189.Northern Mariana Is$58,0000.0002%
190.Cabo Verde$58,0000.0002%
191.Nauru$50,0000.0001%
192.Tuvalu$42,0000.0001%
193.Marshall Islands$36,0000.0001%
194.Cook Islands$35,0000.0001%
195.American Samoa$17,0000.0001%
196.Paraguay$14,0000.00004%
197.Andorra$12,0000.00004%
198.Faroe Islands$10,0000.00003%
199.British Virgin Islands$6,0000.00002%
200.Bermuda$2,0000.00001%
201.Palau$2,0000.00001%
202.Bhutan$1,0000.000003%
203.Saint Helena$1,0000.000003%


See also Palm Oil Exports by Country, Sugar Imports by Country and Imported Pickles by Country

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The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on September 20, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on September 20, 2018

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on September 20, 2018

Wikipedia, Palm oil. Accessed on September 20, 2018