ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reduced duties on crude palm oil imports by
more than 11 per cent, to 8,000 rupees (100 rupees = RM3.98) per tonne,
as part of the 2010/11 budget, custom officials said yesterday.
“The duty cut will come into effect from today,” said Munir
Qureshi, a top Custom official at the Federal Board of Revenue.
The budget was announced on Saturday.
The Federal Bureau
of Revenue, the country’s main tax collecting agency, said on its
website that the Custom duty has been reduced to 8,000 rupees a tonne
from 9,000 rupees to cut the cost of edible oil in the domestic market.
Pakistan, the world’s fourth-largest buyer of vegetable oils, consumes
about 3 million tonnes of edible oil a year but produces only
500,000-800,000 tonnes from sunflower, rapeseed and cottonseed, relying
heavily on imports to meet about 80 per cent of demand.
imports a mix of refined and crude palm oil from Malaysia and
Indonesia, the world biggest producers which account for 80 per cent of
total supply. Malaysia provides roughly 95 per cent of Pakistan’s
yearly total palm oil import.
Pakistan charges 15 per cent
less duty than the standard rate on crude palm oil import from Malaysia
as a result of a tariff agreement signed in 2007 between the two
Indonesia has been pushing Pakistan for the same
cut. The two countries are in talks for a preferential tariff pact, and
a Pakistani official confirmed last month that one was being
In another development, a report issued by a US
Department of Agriculture attache in Kuala Lumpur said that Malaysia’s
crude palm oil production dropped 5.8 per cent to 1.3 million tonnes in
April 2010. Palm oil output was revised slightly upwards to 18.5
million tonnes for 2009/10.
“Palm oil exports declined 8.2
per cent to 1.3 million tonnes in April. Lower crude palm oil output
resulted in a lower stock level at the end of April,” the attache
Attache reports are not official USDA data. –
Source : Business Times