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Import- and export valuie

With an import value of 18.3 billion euros and an export value of 15.8 billion euros in 2021, the Netherlands oils and fats industry is one of the most important agribusiness sectors in the Dutch economy. Our industry is traditionally internationally oriented. Our most important products are soybeans, rapeseed, sunflower seeds and tropical oils (palm oil, coconut oil, and palm kernel oil).



We process oils and fats in margarines, mayonnaises, salad dressings and cooking oil, but also in many other foodstuffs, animal feeds and non-food products. About half of the oils and fats sold in the Netherlands go to the food industry, to animal feed companies and serve as raw materials for products such as cosmetics, detergents, inks, pharmaceuticals, soaps, paints and lubricants. The rest is used for biofuels.


Vegetable oils

The crops are grown in differ­ent parts of the world depending on climatic conditions. Soybeans are grown primarily in North and South America, palm oil comes from Southeast Asia (especially Indonesia and Malaysia) and Latin Amerika (Honduras and Colombia), we import sunflower seeds from Eastern and Southern Europe, and rapeseed comes mainly from the European Union, but also from Canada, China and Australia. Olive oil, linseed oil, peanut oil, rice oil, castor oil and sesame oil are also examples of oils that are processed and marketed in the Netherlands.


Animal fats

The second flow of raw materials is formed by processing animal by products, mainly from the meat and livestock industry, and imported fish oil (e.g. sardines or herring). These products are processed into usable materials by rendering plants, refineries and fat compounders (for com­pound fats).


Fish oil processors

The Netherlands does have fishermen and a fish auction, but no factories that produce crude fish oil. We mainly import our crude fish oil from Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Peru and Chile. Dutch fish oil processors are engaged in the import and processing of crude fish oil into refined fish oil. We use this refined fish oil in foodstuffs, food supplements, animal feed and fish feed. We also use this fish oil because of its special fatty acid composition as a special oil, for example to keep leather supple.


Margarine and cooking oil

Some of our member companies are producers of:

  • margarines and low-fat margarines made directly for the consumer, or to be used as bakery margarines for processing in bread and pastries;
  • cooking oils (salad oil, olive oil), baking and and frying fats and deep-frying fats and oils. Together we also refer to these oils as 'edible oils and fats'. This category also includes edible fats for the food industry, such as fats used in biscuits and ice cream.
  • oils that are the main ingredient in the production of yellow sauces, mayonnaises, salad dressings and dressings.


Fat recycling

Institutional kitchens, catering companies, producers of pre-fried chips and, of course, consumers, deep-fry chips, meat products and other foodstuffs. For this they use fat or oil in solid or liquid forms. Most of the fat or oil can be reused several times. If the fat no longer tastes good or is too viscous, it is collected by fat recyclers. After cleaning, used cooking oil can still be used for biofuels.  





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