Palm oil wholesale reference price for Yangon Region rebounds this week ending 25 June

The wholesale reference rate of palm oil for the Yangon market bounced back to K3,860 per viss this week ending 25 June, according to the Supervisory Committee on edible oil import and distribution.
The reference price was set at K3,750 per viss from 12 to 18 June. For the week ending 25 June, the price was set a bit higher at K3,860 per viss. The figures showed an increase of K100 per viss compared to that of the previous week.
The Supervisory Committee on edible oil import and Distribution under the Ministry of Commerce has been closely observing the FOB prices in Malaysia and Indonesia including transport costs, tariffs and banking services, and issuing the wholesale market reference rate for edible oil every week.
Compared to the reference price, the palm oil market price is too high. If those edible oil retailers and wholesalers are found overcharging, storing inventory intentionally and attempting unscrupulous action to manipulate the market, they will face legal action under the Essential Supplies and Service Act, MoC released a statement.
The Ministry of Commerce is striving for consumers not to worry over the supply of edible oil. The ministry is also trying to secure edible oil sufficiency, supervise the market to offer reasonable prices to consumers and maintain price stability.
At present, mobile market trucks operated by oil importing companies, in coordination with Myanmar Edible Oil Dealers’ Association, were back to business in some townships on 17 July to offer palm oil at a subsidized rate. They offer palm oil at a fairer price to the consumers directly depending on the reference price. However, there are limited sources of supply although they directly sell the palm oil at reference rate depending on the volume quota. The domestic consumption of edible oil is estimated at 1 million tonnes per year. The local cooking oil production is just about 400,000 tonnes. To meet the oil sufficiency in the domestic market, about 700,000 tonnes of cooking oil are yearly imported from Malaysia and Indonesia. — NN/EM

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