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Edible oil imports down 27{79e59ee6e2f5cf570628ed7ac4055bef3419265de010b59461d891d43fac5627} in February

Abnormal import of crude palm oil (CPO) in the past two months and better price ranges of tender oils this kind of as sunflower feel to have impacted the import of edible oils.

The import of edible oils came down by 26.89 for every cent in February 2021 and 3.85 for every cent in the to start with 5 months of the oil year 2020-21.

In accordance to the info compiled by Solvent Extractors’ Affiliation (SEA) of India, the region imported 796,568 tonnes of edible oil in February 2021 from one,089,661 tonnes in the corresponding period of time of 2020 and 4,454,588 tonnes for the duration of November-February 2020-21 from 4,282,693 tonnes in November-February of 2019-twenty.

BV Mehta, Govt Director of SEA of India, told BusinessLine that CIF value for sunflower oil is at $one,765 a tonne now. Terming it as the greatest in the very last thirteen several years, he explained the import of sunflower oil has minimized drastically now.

The ordinary CIF value of imported crude sunflower oil was $one,400/tonne in February and $one,319 in January. The import of sunflower oil stood at seven,70,364 tonnes for the duration of November-February 2020-21 (9,89,565 tonnes in November-February of 2019-twenty).

He explained there was too much import of palm oil for the duration of December-January period of time. As a result, there is inventory of this commodity in the industry. The region imported seven,70,392 tonnes of palm oil in December and seven,eighty,741 tonnes in January. Having said that, it imported only 3,94,495 tonnes of palm oil in February.

“Since the price ranges have gone up appreciably, people are working at the lowest inventory. Before they employed to invest in and continue to keep it for twenty-30 days inventory,” Mehta explained, incorporating that the significant cost of edible oil is sinking the consumption.


Asked if the all round import will go up in the coming months, he explained the region imported close to thirteen.two million tonnes of vegetable oils in the very last oil year. He opined that the region may perhaps import at that amount or reduce than that for the duration of the present-day year.

Supplying motives for this, he explained the region has viewed great soyabean crop and great groundnut crop this year, and it is expecting a great mustard crop. “So the availability of neighborhood oil is certain to maximize by about one-one.5 million tonnes this year. Due to the fact of the Covid and the significant cost the need is squeezed,” he explained.

The significant cost is supporting the farmers. Nowadays, the cost of soyabean is at close to ₹5,350 for every quintal from the MSP of ₹3,880, and RM seed is at close to ₹5,800 from the MSP of ₹4,650 for every quintal. So farmers are having the very best cost now, he explained.


SEA of India’s info confirmed that the import of vegetable oils (which includes edible and non-edible oils) stood at eight,38,607 tonnes in February 2021 from one,112,478 tonnes in February 2020, recording a drop of 25 for every cent.

The all round import of vegetable oils was at 4,394,760 tonnes for the duration of November-February 2020-21 in comparison to 4,563,791 tonnes in the corresponding period of time of the past year, recording a drop of 3.seven for every cent.

Import of veg oils in February (in tonnes)










Complete veg oils



Edible oil import (in tonnes)


November-February 2020-21

November-February 2019-twenty

Palm oil



Soybean oil



Sunflower oil



(Supply: SEA of India)