Canada Markets

April Biodiesel Imports Draws Attention

Cliff Jamieson
By  Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst
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Canada imported 132,093 mt of biodiesel in April, a record monthly volume and up 271% from the previous four-month average. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)

As shown by the blue line on the attached chart, Canada imported 132,093 metric tons (mt) of biodiesel in April, a record volume for any month, 129% above the same month in 2022 and 271% above the four-month moving average. As seen on the chart, the seasonal nature of this movement has recently resulted in a high reached in the months of May/June, with two peaks in the month of May and two peaks in the month of June over the past four years.

On Wednesday, DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman stated that the United States Census Bureau April data shows exports of biodiesel were "by far, the highest monthly total on record," with 90% of the total volume shipped to Canada. It is interesting to note that the export volume reported by the U.S. and Statistics Canada imports are relatively close in volume.

Over the January-through-April period, Canada has imported 212,079 mt of biodiesel. This compares to the annual imports of 689,231 mt in 2022 and the four-year average of 553,317 mt.

What is not clear is the rationale for this sudden spike in imports, while bearing in mind that that one month does not make a trend. This bears watching in the upcoming months as we near the July 1 start date for Canada's Clean Fuel Regulations.

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