PARIS: European Union soybean imports in the 2018/19 season that started on July 1 totalled 6.5 million tonnes by Dec. 16, up 13 percent from 5.7 million a year earlier, data published by the European Commission on Monday showed.

EU 2018/19 soymeal imports had reached 8.0 million tonnes, down 17 percent from a year-earlier 9.6 million, the data showed.

EU 2018/19 palm oil imports stood at 2.8 million tonnes, down 9 percent from a year-earlier 3.1 million tonnes.

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