India, the world's largest importer of vegetable oil, is expected to see a significant increase in its sunflower oil imports to a record 473,000 tonnes in January, according to sources. This is a nearly three-fold increase in average monthly imports. The reason for this surge is due to top exporters Russia and Ukraine looking to decrease their stockpiles. However, this increase in sunflower oil imports may have a negative impact on India's palm oil imports and affect prices for Malaysian palm oil. The discounted price of sunflower oil compared to soyoil in December made it an attractive option for Indian buyers.