The Solvent Extractors' Association of India (SEA) has compiled the export data for export of oilmeals for the month of August 2018. The export of oilmeals during August 2018, provisionally reported at 227,939 tons compared to 261,356 tons in August 2017. The overall export during April to August 2018 is reported at 1,192,095 tons compared to 986,606 tons during the same period of last year i.e. up by 21%. The export of rapeseed meal is sharply increased to nearly 490,232 tons (107%), in first five months, mainly exported to South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand.
The ongoing trade dispute between USA and China has created a lot of uncertainty and forcing China to look out to other origins for their requirements of soybean and oilmeals. This has compelled China to relook its ban imposed for importing of oilmeals from India since 2012. This will open up Chinese market for India.
Late last month, Ministry of Commerce and Indian Embassy, Beijing discussed the phyto issues and it was decided that India's phyto certificate would cover all the 12 pests. This shall enable China's AQSIQ to clear the Indian Oilmeals. A formal reconfirmation from China is awaited. Prior to ban in 2012, China used to import nearly half a million tons of oilmeals viz. Rapeseed meal 3.5 to 4.0 lakh tons and 1.0 lakh tons of soybean meal from India.
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