Malaysia Surprises by Keeping Crude Palm Oil Exports Tax Free
FEBRUARY 16, 2015
The move, which is likely to underpin prices, comes as a surprise as Malaysia's plantation industries and commodities minister said last week the country was planning to resume taxing exports from March.
The rate was scrapped from October to December, and later extended to end-February.
Malaysia, the world's second largest palm oil producer after Indonesia, calculated a reference price of 2,232.88 ringgit ($627) per tonne for March crude palm oil, effectively incurring an export duty of zero percent.
Increased global edible oil supplies and slowing demand have pressured palm oil prices which dropped 15 percent last year.
Authorities in Indonesia and Malaysian, which account for 85 percent of global palm oil production, are giving financial incentives in a bid to boost demand and support prices of the tropical product.