Olive Oil International Prices

All calculations exclude VAT.


Other Costs

Transit ex works, Spain, to “landed at Cape Town harbour” R2.00
Local “landside” costs (bank charges, clearing, and delivery to Cape Town suburbs) R0.40
SA Olive levy R0.40
Interest on the 7-week lead time between ordering and receipt (may take the form of a premium in the cost of forward cover over the spot price) (@12% pa) R0.89
Total extra cost, per Lt R3.69


Prices are for bulk Spanish EVOO, delivered Cape Town. Derived from the Spanish index, http://www.poolred.com/Publico/GraficoEvolucion.aspx?tipo=1 .

In practice, we find rates quoted there are not achievable, and we add nearly 3% to said Euro rates.  Forex rates are the FNB public most current “selling”, less 2%.




  1. Commodity pricing based on http://www.poolred.com/Publico/GraficoEvolucion.aspx?tipo=0.
  2. Spot buying prices used (ie not moving average, and not futures).
  3. Costing assumes a “cash on order” deal.
  4. Costings are for bulk EVOO in a 21 MT flexitank,
  5. Costings are for EVOO of EU origin. Although one could negotiate a 5% better price by buying from, for example, Argentina/Tunisia/Turkey, oil imported into RSA from outside the EU would attract duty of 10%.
  6. Conversion of Kgs to Lts based on SG of edible oil of 0.92. So, for example, 1 Kg oil translates to 1.087 Lts thereof.
  7. This table updated every week, using
    1. the ruling FNB “casual” Euro selling rate, less 2%, and
    2. the closing EVOO pricing of the preceding day, plus 3% (in practice, we’ve been unable to buy at Poolred rates)

-My intention is full transparency in negotiations, and our spreadsheet workings are available on request. When we buy bulk oil, these values are the starting point for negotiations.

Local farmers can expect to achieve a minimum selling price of not less than “import parity”.

Producers in the Mediterranean basin generally retain their best quality olive oils for local consumption, and export their lesser oils.
Local olive oils are generally superior and, in bulk, command a premium of about 12% (great value for that quality!)

October 25 2017; the fall in Rand by nearly 2% today* was aggravated by a 4% increase in the commodity price.

*Bleak mid-term Budget speech ?