German biodiesel exports on the rise
German biodiesel exports have skyrocketed this year. The German Federal Statistical Office puts foreign sales between January and September 2013 at 1.1 million metric tons (330 million gallons), almost 14 percent up on the same period in 2012. In other words, Germany has become an even larger net exporter as imports have dropped by one quarter from the previous year, to 446,833 tons. Export surplus amounted to well over 672,000 tons, significantly more than the previous year’s 264,000 tons.
The EU countries continue to be the top recipients of German biodiesel, receiving around 89 percent of the total quantity. Top of the list by far is Netherlands, importing more than 355,000 tons, around one-third of German deliveries to the EU. They are followed by Poland and Austria, at around 113,000 tons each, and France, at 76,000 tons.
Furthermore, 2013 was the first time Germany delivered nearly 100,000 tons of biodiesel to the U.S. In previous years, exports to the U.S. had averaged a meager 500 tons.