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Indonesia Raises Palm Oil Export Tax but Still Aims to Increase Shipments

Jumat, 10 Juni 2022 | 11:00 WIB
Indonesia Raises Palm Oil Export Tax but Still Aims to Increase Shipments

ILUSTRASI. Palm oil plantation at Desa Padang Sikabu, Kaway XVI, Aceh Barat, Aceh, Selasa (17/5/2022). ANTARA FOTO/Syifa Yulinnas/rwa.

Sumber: Reuters | Editor: Thomas Hadiwinata

KONTAN.CO.ID -  JAKARTA, June 10 (Reuters) - Indonesia raised its maximum export tax for crude palm oil by 44% on Friday but reductions in another levy are expected to reduce overall fees to send palm oil products overseas and encourage export shipments. 

Indonesia, the world's biggest palm oil exporter, allowed palm shipments to resume from May 23 following a three-week ban aimed at shoring up local supplies of cooking oil and keeping runaway prices in check. But it is making various changes to its exports rules, including reducing the total export tax and levy. 

A trade ministry official said the lower combined export palm tax and levy is expected to encourage palm oil exports. 

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Shipments, though, have been slow to restart after the ban was lifted. Exporters still face hurdles with new requirements designed to ensure domestic supply, and the bottlenecks have irked farmers, who have struggled to sell palm fruits, with many storage tanks at mills full. Read full story

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On Friday, Indonesia's Ministry of Finance raised the maximum export tax for crude palm oil (CPO) to $288 a tonne for when government reference prices are above $1,500 per tonne, a regulation document reviewed by Reuters showed.

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Previously the maximum export tax was $200 a tonne for CPO when the price was above $1,250. 

The export tax change was made "to support domestic price stability and availability of palm oil products, CPO, and its derivatives," increase government income and make it easier to adjust to international pricing moves, the document said. 

Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi said on Tuesday that while the maximum export tax would be increased the export levy would be slashed so that the combined ceiling for both would be reduced to $488 per tonne from $575 per tonne.