Indonesia, the world's top cooking-oil exporter, may cut a palm oil levy to boost shipments after a prior ban swelled inventories
Indonesia, the world's top cooking-oil exporter, may cut a palm oillevy, according to a top official.
- A prior export ban of the commodity caused domestic stockpiles to balloon, Reuters reported.
Indonesia, the world's top producer of palm oil, may lift its palm oil export levy as a way to boost shipments, according to a cabinet minister.
"For shipments to flow we may have to lower the export levy to provide incentives for businesses to export," Senior Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said Thursday, Reuters reported.
The Southeast Asian nation had already cut the export levy from $375 to $200 per tonne for July, but that figure is set to rise to $240 in August, Reuters said. And a separate export tax of $288 is also poised to kick in after the latest reference price topped $1,500 per tonne.
Indonesia has been pushing out a series of policy maneuvers to boost
The chairman of the Indonesian Palm Oil Board, Sahat Sinaga, said domestic stockpiles of palm oil ballooned to 6.2 million tonnes following the ban.
Palm oil, the world's most used vegetable oil, is used in a range of consumer products and cooking. The price of the edible oil skyrocketed in late April when the government first announced the ban. Prices have since eased, with Malaysian benchmark palm oil prices down roughly 18% so far this month.
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