YGN palm oil wholesale reference price set to dwindle this week ending 10 December

The wholesale reference rate of palm oil for the Yangon market shrank to K4,920 per viss for a week from 4 to 10 December 2023, according to the Super­visory Committee on edible oil import and distribution.


The wholesale price was registered at K5,000 per viss last week, ending 3 December.


The Supervisory Commit­tee on Edible Oil Import and Distribution under the Ministry of Commerce has closely ob­served the Free on Board 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 tackle 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 Hot Line: 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 the 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 10 per cent margin.


The domestic consumption of palm oil 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