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Indonesia may extend palm oil export levy waiver to year-end – minister

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Indonesia, the world’s biggest producer of palm oil, may extend an export levy waiver on the edible oil to the end of this year, its chief economic minister said on Tuesday.

Indonesia started waiving levies imposed on exports of palm oil products from mid-July to help reduce its stock glut following a three-week export ban in late April, which was designed to stabilise local cooking oil prices.

The levy waiver policy is currently scheduled to end after Oct. 31.

“The plan is for an extension… until the end of the year,” minister Airlangga Hartarto told reporters, without sharing more details.

Indonesia collects export levies, on top of a separate export tax, to fund subsidies for its biodiesel and smallholders replanting programmes.

(Reporting by Bernadette Christina Munthe Writing by Fransiska Nangoy; Editing by Martin Petty)

Source: Reuters

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