Volume 8, Issue 3
Published: May 5, 2014
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With the duties imposed on Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel last year and Malaysian production losing its ‘Form A’ status, European blenders are still struggling to find blend stocks for the summer FAME markets. With this in mind, RME and FAME 0 are now trading at, or very close to, parity and although there is currently a small discount for PME, the price premium historically attached to low CFPP product is now disappearing.

As a result, European production remains competitive despite margins having slipped compared to where they were in January. For producers in central Europe in particular, production margins remain healthy due to their added logistical advantage.

Producers in the Mediterranean region are now importing more palm oil as opposed to PME, both for the production of HVO and standard PME. Italian producers have been the first ones to take advantage of the new Spanish quota markets, where exports to Spain occur alongside importing waste grade TME and UCOME from central Europe, as Italy has relaxed the cap on double counting imports.

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