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Indian Subcontinent Regional Analysis

Vegetable Oil Imports Decline India’s vegetable oil imports totaled 1.073 MMT last month, a drop of 10.1 percent from 1.174 MMT in October and down 15.2 percent versus November 2017. In June 2018, the government of India (GOI) raised the duty on vegetable oils. The rates on crude palm oil and refined palm oil had previously been increased to 44 percent and  54 percent, respectively, which must be reduced to 40 percent and 45 percent, respectively, by 31 December 2018 in accordance with the comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (MICECA) signed with Malaysia on 27 October 2010. In anticipation of that likely decrease, there has been a dip in the two major palm oil categories against last month with imports of refined ble...

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