India imports round 13-13.5 million tonnes of edible oils, with palm oil accounting for roughly 8-8.5 million tonnes (roughly 63%).

Indian edible oil markets rejoiced as Indonesia, the world’s largest producer of palm oil, confirmed that the export embargo imposed late final week will solely apply to shipments of refined, bleached, deodorized (RBD) palm olein. 

In some methods, that is additionally good to the Indian home refining enterprise, since any motion to restrict refined oil imports boosts home oilseed crushing and refining.

“Nearly 70% of total annual palm oil imports into India, believed to be approximately 8-8.5 percent, is in crude form, with the remainder refined.” “Reducing refined imports by Indonesia will help local refining even more,” acknowledged B V Mehta, Director General of the Solvent Extractors Association of India (SEA).

He described the motion as a major and welcome “U-turn” by the Indonesian administration. According to Sougata Niyogi, CEO – Oil Palm of Godrej Agrovet Limited, the transfer ensures that there could be no CPO provide difficulties in May.

“Higher refined palm oil imports have a negative impact on India’s local refining capability, and any attempt by the nation of origin to reduce such imports is good,” Niyogi informed Business Standard.

India imports round 13-13.5 million tonnes of edible oils, with palm oil accounting for roughly 8-8.5 million tonnes (roughly 63%).

Following final week’s declaration, commerce insiders warned that if month-to-month shipments of about 300,000-325,000 tonnes of palm oil abruptly ceased in May, it could trigger a considerable improve in edible oil costs in India, which have been already on the rise because of the persevering with Russia-Ukraine situation.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that Malaysian benchmark crude palm futures slumped 2.09 % after studying that the embargo solely applies to RBD olein, after having risen over 7 % to their highest stage in six weeks.

In 2021, Indonesia offered a median of 620,000 tonnes of RBD per thirty days, in comparison with about 100,000 tonnes of crude palm oil, in accordance with Refinitiv Eikon. India, Pakistan, and Spain have been among the many hottest places.

According to statistics from Indonesia’s palm oil affiliation (GAPKI), processed CPO exports in 2021 have been 25.7 million tonnes, accounting for 75% of complete palm product exports. CPO exports totaled 2.74 million tonnes in 2021, accounting for 7.98 % of complete shipments.

In January and February of this yr, processed CPO exports have been 3.38 million tonnes, accounting for 79 % of general exports, whereas CPO exports totaled 90,000 tonnes, accounting for two % of complete shipments.

Crude palm oil, which Indonesia makes use of for cooking oil, has reached historic highs this yr attributable to elevated demand and poor provide from key producers Indonesia and Malaysia, in addition to a choice by Indonesia to restrict palm oil exports in January, which was eliminated in March.

First printed on: 26 Apr 2022, 02:47 IST



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