In the 2016 calendar year, biodiesel exports climbed 4.8 per cent to 1.56 million tonnes. About 87 per cent of these exports went to other EU-28 countries. The Netherlands continued to be the most important recipient of German biodiesel, showing a 44 per cent rise from the previous year to 0.6 million tonnes. Poland, the second most important recipient, even increased its biodiesel imports by 83 per cent to 0.23 million tonnes.
On the other hand, many EU-28 countries reduced imports from Germany, Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (mbH) reported. French imports fell most sharply, seeing a drop of 53 per cent. However, Norway, Austria and Sweden also imported more than 40 per cent less than in 2015. Trade in German biodiesel with the US was significantly more dynamic, with exports increasing eightfold from the previous year. However, exports were at a comparatively low level of 85,000 tonnes. Shipments to Switzerland also surged substantially, with volumes up 155 per cent at 45,000 tonnes.