United States

This well-rounded market is one of the largest buyers of canola seed, oil and meal. Ongoing market development has created steady demand and high value for canola products.

Market profile

  • Population: 322.6 million
  • Primary health concerns: Cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity
  • Total vegetable oil consumption (2014): 14.9 million tonnes

Imports of Canadian canola (2015)

  • Seed: 479 thousand tonnes valued at $270.3 million 
  • Oil: 1.6 million tonnes valued at $1.8 billion
  • Meal: 3.6 million tonnes valued at $1.3 billion
  • Total value of exports to the US: $3.3 billion

Market trends

  • Canola is the number two edible oil in the country.
  • Seed imports peaked in 2008.
  • Oil imports reach over 1 million tonnes annually, reaching a new record of nearly 1.6 million tonnes in 2015.
  • Meal imports dipped in 2009 and 2010 due to regulatory issues, but have grown significantly since.

Economic benefits of importing Canadian canola

  • US$4.8 billion of economic activity in the U.S. per year
  • 16,291 U.S. jobs