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 (2014): 31.1 million tonnes
  • #1 vegetable oil consumer in the world

Imports of Canadian canola (2015)

  • Seed: 3.8 million tonnes valued at $2.0 billion
  • Oil: 609 thousand tonnes valued at $555.9  million
  • Meal: No canola meal was exported to China in 2015
  • Total value of exports to China: $2.6 billion

Market trends

  • Seed imports have varied widely from year to year.
  • Oil imports have been increased in recent years.
  • Meal imports were restricted in 2013 when China implemented new registration requirements for Canadian processors exporting meal.

Economic benefits of importing Canadian canola

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