Canada And Finland Take The Lead In Global Oats Export, With 70.1% Combined Share

Cereals April 07, 2015
Author: Svetlana Sitkova
Head of Industrial Research Department


Canada and Finland, along with Russia, Poland and Australia, are often referred to as major producers of oats. In 2013, with a combined share of 70.1% of global exports, Canada and Finland became the main global exporters of oats, despite the fact that the largest volumes of harvested areas were attained by Russia that year (3.0 million Ha).

Beside Russia, the countries with the largest volumes of harvested areas in 2013 were Canada (1.1 million Ha), Australia (0.7 million Ha) and Poland (0.4 million Ha), which together accounted for 53.5% of the global harvested areas. In the other countries, except Chile and the UK, the annual growth rates were negative.

The yield fluctuated significantly over the analyzed period. Its lowest point was in 2007 at 21,522 Hg/Ha and the highest was in 2013 with 24,418 Hg/Ha. Broad harvested areas along with high yield in 2011 resulted in the oversupply of oats to the world market.

The output of five major producers of oats, namely Russia, Canada, Finland, Poland and Australia, represented more than 51% of global output in 2013. In Russia, a country with a long tradition in producing oats, the production levels decreased by 1% annually from 2007-2013. The balance of the countries, excluding Chile (+12%) and the UK (+5%), showed negative dynamics in physical terms.

In 2013, the USA (53.3%), Germany (11.4%) and Mexico (4.0%) were the main destinations of oats imports, together making up 68.7% of global imports. The share of Germany increased (+3 percentage points), while the share of the USA illustrated negative dynamics (-11 percentage points). The shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

However, the fastest growing exporters from 2007-20013 were the Czech Republic (+17% per year) and Sweden (+8% per year). It should be mentioned that Russia and Australia, despite of being two of the largest global producers of oats, did not export much of their production, meaning that it was either domestically consumed, or put in storage.

Source: World: Oats - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2020