Palm oil may regain market share as India reduces import duties

: There is a good chance that palm oil may regain some it lost previously in India after the government announced a reduction in import duties on crude palm oil and refined palm oil, effective Jan 1, 2019.

As long as the government keeps import duties of other vegetable oils unchanged, it would help increase its exports, lower stockpile and lift crude palm oil prices,” said Maybank Kim Eng in a research note yesterday.

India is the world’s largest importer of palm oil, taking in about 15.5 million tonnes, annually, of the edible oil largely from Malaysia and Indonesia.

The cut in import duties is a fulfilment of a commitment made in comprehensive economic cooperation agreement signed between Malaysia and India years ago, said the leading investment broking and securities group based in .

The duty on crude palm oil from Malaysia, Indonesia and other ASEAN countries was cut to 40 per cent from 44 per cent while the tax on refined palm oil was reduced to 45 per cent from 54 per cent. — Bernama

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Source: Borneo Post Online

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