Yangon palm oil wholesale reference price stable for week ending 25 December

December 19


According to the Supervisory Committee on edible oil import and distribution, the wholesale reference rate of palm oil for the Yangon market this week ending 25 December 2023 was fairly changed with only a single-digit difference.


The wholesale price was registered at K4,815 per viss last week, ending 17 December. This week’s rate was set relatively the same at K4,810 per viss.


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 is way higher than the reference price.


To deal with 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. The domestic palm oil consumption is estimated at 1 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