Corn prices rebound as deadline nears last week of Thailand’s Form D benefits

With only one week remaining to export Myanmar’s corn to Thailand under Form D cus­toms tariff benefit, the corn price has rebounded, traders explained.


Thailand gives the go-ahead to corn imports under zero tariff (with Form-D), be­tween 1 February and 31 Au­gust. However, Thailand im­posed a maximum tax rate of 73 per cent on corn imports to pro­tect the rights of their growers if the corn is imported during the corn season of Thailand. There is only one week remaining to enjoy that customs benefit.


Additionally, torrential rain on 7 August destroyed some road sections to Myawady, a ma­jor border point between Myan­mar and Thailand. Therefore, landslides blocked the corn’s trade route and repair works are being undertaken. As a result of this, the market was sluggish.


The prevailing prices of corn stand at K1,210-1,230 per viss in the domestic market while the FOB corn prices were US$290-310 per tonne, according to Yangon Region Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Bayintnaung Com­modity Depot).


Myanmar conveys corn to China and Thailand through the border and also sends corn to China, India, Viet Nam and the Philippines by maritime ship­ping currently, Myanmar Corn Industrial Association.


China is purchasing Myan­mar’s corn through cross-bor­der trade under the opium sub­stitution program. Legitimate corn trade between Myanmar and China commenced at the end of 2022. A total of 112 com­panies have been given the go-ahead for corn exports.


Myanmar exported more than two million tonnes of corn to foreign trade in the 2022 corn season. The majority of them were sent to Thailand and the remaining went to China, India, the Philippines and Viet Nam.


More than two million tonnes of corn are expected to be shipped to foreign trade partners in the 2023 corn sea­son, said U Min Khaing, chair of the Myanmar Corn Industri­al Association. Presently, corn is cultivated in Shan, Kachin, Kayah and Kayin states and Mandalay, Sagaing and Magway regions. Myanmar has three corn seasons- winter, summer and monsoon. The country produces 2.5-3 million tonnes of corn every year. — NN/EM