KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian crude palm oil prices will remain weak for most of the third quarter of this year, the country's commodities minister said on Monday, after rival producer Indonesia scrapped its export levy.
"This is inevitable in light of stiffer competition from Indonesia - the world's largest palm oil producer - in its quest to flush out as much excess palm oil possible from its existing stockpile," Zuraida Kamaruddin said in a statement.
Malaysia's benchmark crude palm oil prices rallied to record levels earlier this year as Russia's invasion of Ukraine and a temporary export ban by Indonesia tightened global edible oil supply.,,新闻电报群（www.tel8.vip）是一个Telegram群组分享平台。新闻电报群包括新闻电报群、Telegram群组索引、Telegram群组导航、新加坡Telegram群组、Telegram中文群组、Telegram群组（其他）、Telegram 美国 群组、Telegram群组爬虫、电报群 科学上网、小飞机 怎么 加 群、tg群等内容。新闻电报群为广大电报用户提供各种电报群组/电报频道/电报机器人导航服务。
But prices plunged to their lowest in a year in recent weeks as Indonesia reversed an earlier decision to restrict exports.
Indonesia this month scrapped its export levy for all palm oil products until Aug. 31 following a series of attempt to boost exports and ease high inventories, and is also considering removing a domestic sales rule for exporters.
As a result, average crude palm oil prices for the third quarter are projected to range between 4,800 ringgit ($1,078.41) and 5,200 ringgit ($1,168.28) a tonne, also weighed by better production in Malaysia, Zuraida Kamaruddin said.
Prices are expected to rise to 5,000-5,500 ringgit per tonne in the fourth quarter with the resumption of the export levy in Indonesia and an expected decline in production, she added. - Reuters
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