China will lift a ban on Indian rapeseed meal imposed three years ago due to quality concerns, China’s quarantine authority said on Wednesday [20 May 2015]. Both countries had signed a sanitary protocol and agreed to ensure Indian meal meets Chinese standards, China’s quality watchdog, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), said in a statement…Full Article: Business Standard May 2015

Key Points

  • In 2011, China imported 650,000 MTs of Indian rapeseed meal or roughly half of its total import volume for that year. Rapeseed meal is used by China’s aquaculture industry (e.g. fisheries) as a feed ingredient.
  • In general, Chinese imports of rapeseed meal have declined in recent years due to the growth of its crushing industry, particularly in Fujian and Guangxi, southern China. Therefore, Indian rapeseed meal imports will likely be shipped to northern China.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From 2010 to 2014, mainland China’s imports of rape/colza seeds (unprocessed, not meal) increased from 1.6 million MTs to 5 million MTs. Canada was by far the dominant supplier. However, Australia emerged as a strong secondary supplier in 2013, with Russia and Mongolia acting as small (<100,000 MTs) suppliers.
  • In January 2012, China banned the importation of Indian rapeseed meal.
  • In July 2011, China inspected two ~30,000 MTs shipments of Indian rapeseed meal for “toxic chemicals”. The chemical in question was malachite green, a dye used in India to label its grain sacks.

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