India buys Russian sunflower oil at record high price as Ukraine supplies halt

India has contracted 45,000 tonnes of Russian sunflower oil at a record high price for shipments in April as edible oil costs within the native market surged after supplies from rival Ukraine stopped, 5 trade officers advised Reuters.

Sunflower oil from Russia might assist the world’s greatest edible oil importer in easing the shortfall at a time when availability of vegetable oils is stretched due to Indonesia’s choice to limit palm oil supplies and decrease soybean crop in South America.

“As vessel loading is not possible in Ukraine, buyers are trying to secure supplies from Russia,” stated Pradeep Chowdhry, managing director of Gemini Edibles & Fats India Pvt. Ltd, which contracted 12,000 tonnes of Russian sunflower oil for April shipments.

Refiners purchased crude sunflower oil at a record price of $2,150 a tonne, together with value, insurance coverage and freight (CIF), in India for April shipments, in contrast with $1,630 earlier than Russia invaded Ukraine, sellers stated.

Sunflower oil was cheaper than rival palm oil and soyoil earlier than the battle, however as supplies from high exporter Ukraine stopped, patrons must pay hefty premium, Chowdhry stated.

The Black Sea accounts for 60% of world sunoil output and 76% of exports.

Indian patrons weren’t making purchases of Russian sunflower oil for almost a month, however now they’re putting orders as banks are opening letters of credit score (LC) for the imports, stated a New Delhi-based seller with a world buying and selling agency.

“Indian buyers are paying in dollars. Indian insurance companies are providing cover to vessels bringing sunoil from Russia,” the seller stated.

Shipments of greater than 300,000 tonnes of sunflower oil from Ukraine to India are caught as loading at Ukrainian ports is suspended, stated a Mumbai-based seller.

India imports sunoil primarily from Russia and Ukraine. It imports palm oil from Indonesia and Malaysia, whereas the majority of soyoil is sourced from Argentina and Brazil.

India has now been attempting to extend imports of sunflower oil from Argentina, stated Sandeep Bajoria, chief govt of Sunvin Group, a vegetable oil brokerage and consultancy agency.

“Even after the imports from Russia and Argentina, there would be shortfall of sunoil. Nobody can replace Ukraine’s shipments,” Bajoria stated.

India consumes round 200,000 tonnes of sunflower oil however at the moment refiners can import round 80,000 tonnes solely, the New Delhi-based seller stated.

Consumers are compelled to change to soyoil, rapeseed oil and groundnut oil as sunflower oil supplies are restricted, the seller stated.

“Sunflower oil is very expensive. This is forcing price sensitive buyers to shift to other oils,” Bajoria stated.


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