Leading importers of essential oils in Europe 2017, by oil type

Essential oils have a voluminous import market in Europe. In 2017, a total of 87,000 tonnes of essential oils were imported by European countries. On an individual level, countries within Europe had varying degrees of interest and import trade in different types of essential oils. Germany, for instance, was a major importer of orange oil, while Ireland was the importer of 31 percent of lemon oil.  

Heavy traffic of imports and exports of essential oils

  Essential oils are used for a variety of purposes, including the production of perfumes and fragrances, as well as being an elementary ingredient in aromatherapy. Globally, the leading countries that export essential oils are a geographical mix. Among them France stood out as the strongest export market in 2017, exporting over 17 billion U.S. dollars worth essential oils and resinoids in that year.   

Europe: top region in the market

  With France at the helm as a major exporter, Europe held half of the global market for essential oils in 2017. Indeed, since 2014 the total production value of essential oils in the EU rose dramatically, reaching over 1 bilion euros by 2017.

Leading European importers of essential oils in 2017, by oil type*

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November 2017



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Supplementary notes

* Volume share.

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