YGN palm oil wholesale reference price hits second-week high ending 3 Dec

The wholesale reference rate of palm oil for the Yangon market was raised to K5,000 per viss for a week from 28 No­vember to 3 December 2023, according to the Supervisory Committee on edible oil import and distribution.


The wholesale price was K4,990 per viss for the week ending 27 November. The Supervisory Committee on Edible Oil Import and Distribution under the Ministry of Commerce has closely ob­served the FOB prices in Malaysia and Indonesia, adding transport costs, tar­iffs and banking services to decide the weekly wholesale market reference rate for edible oil.


Nevertheless, the market price was way higher than the reference price.


To deal with the overcharging, the Consumer Affairs Department under the Ministry of Commerce informed the consumers of lodging the complaints for overcharging through the call centre’s hotline in late August. The Department urged consumers not to buy palm oil at high prices. The Department is mak­ing concerted efforts to steer the high volatility in palm oil prices in the retail market and offer fairer prices to consum­ers in coordination with the Myanmar Edible Oil Dealers Association and oil importing companies. The complaints for overcharging can be lodged over hotline 1535 of the call centre of the Consumers Affairs Department or sent to the Face­book Page of the Department and the region and state departments concerned.


Myanmar Edible Oil Dealers Asso­ciation formed a task force for edible oil price stability. It started informing the lists of wholesale/retail shops of each company on 28 August, including the address of the shops in the respective townships and the number of available barrels. The task force will govern the market to meet the satisfaction of the end-users in the supply chain and get easy access to the consumers.


It will also supervise the market to ensure that palm oil sales at wholesale prices are not higher than two per cent of the net profit margin and retail prices are not higher than the 10 per cent margin.


The domestic palm oil consumption is estimated at one million tonnes per year. The local palm oil production is just about 400,000 tonnes. About 700,000 tonnes of palm oil are imported yearly through Malaysia and Indonesia to meet domestic demands. — NN//EM