Tag: Malaysia

Malaysia thankful for Spain’s support to not ban palm oil for biodiesel

Malaysia thankful for Spain’s support to not ban palm oil for biodiesel

February 13, 2018 |

In Spain, Malaysia’s plantations ministers met with national authorities regarding the proposed ban on palm oil for biodiesel production across Europe and were pleased the European country is opposed to the policy shift. Spain is the second-largest palm oil importer in Europe following the Netherlands and says its biodiesel industry—which uses palm oil for 70% […]

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China looks at investment in Malaysian palm oil to boost biodiesel

China looks at investment in Malaysian palm oil to boost biodiesel

February 5, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the Chinese government is trying to encourage its domestic companies to invest in Malaysia’s palm oil industry because of the major opportunities to supply the Chinese transportation market with biodiesel. The country imports around 8 million metric tons of biodiesel while only producing about 300,000 tons a year as recently as 2015. China […]

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France says it is against palm oil discrimination

France says it is against palm oil discrimination

January 31, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the Edge reports that the French ambassador says his country is against any kind of trade distortion resulting from discriminating measures for individual agricultural commodities and as such does not support the European Parliament’s push to ban the use of palm oil in biodiesel post-2020. He said France will try to get the […]

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Malaysia vows to win over EU member states to stay palm oil biodiesel ban

Malaysia vows to win over EU member states to stay palm oil biodiesel ban

January 18, 2018 |

In Malaysia, in the wake of the European Parliament’s vote to ban palm oil for biodiesel from 2021, “referred to as a “black day” for free trade by the Malaysian government, it vowed to work hard in convincing the European Commission and European member states of palm oil’s role in the European market before the […]

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More than 1,700 Malaysian smallholder farmers protest EU over palm oil stance

More than 1,700 Malaysian smallholder farmers protest EU over palm oil stance

January 16, 2018 |

In Malaysia, in response to concerns that the European Union will block the use of palm oil for biodiesel by 2020, around 1,700 smallholder oil palm farmers protested the move outside the European delegation’s offices in Kuala Lumpur. The head of Felda said as many as 3.2 million smallholder farmers could be negatively impacted by […]

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Malaysia fighting back on proposed EU palm oil ban

Malaysia fighting back on proposed EU palm oil ban

January 14, 2018 |

In Malaysia, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas told Black Sea Grain that Sarawak palm oil producers are now under threat from the proposed European Union ban on palm oil as part of the Renewable Energy Directive. Uggah is also Minister for Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development and said the […]

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Malaysia seeks to export 1 million tons of CPO in three months by dropping export taxes

Malaysia seeks to export 1 million tons of CPO in three months by dropping export taxes

January 11, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the government dropped export taxes on crude palm oil as of January 8 for a period of three months in an effort to reduce the 2.6 million metric tons of palm oil stocks that are currently weighing on the market. The target is to reduce the stocks by 1 million tons but analysts […]

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Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand looking to WTO if EU doesn’t shift on palm oil

Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand looking to WTO if EU doesn’t shift on palm oil

January 9, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the New Straits Times reports that Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister confirmed Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand will retaliate against the European Union’s discrimination towards palm oil for biofuels if the trade bloc doesn’t back down from its attacks. He said the discrimination results in “crop apartheid” and could jeopardize the EU-Malaysia free trade […]

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Malaysia says European vote to ban palm oil biodiesel will set back trade relations

Malaysia says European vote to ban palm oil biodiesel will set back trade relations

November 30, 2017 |

In Malaysia, the plantation and commodities minister criticized the European Parliament’s industry and energy committee’s support for a ban on palm oil-based biofuels as proposed by the environment committee as a step backwards for EU-Malaysian trade relations. The country sees the votes as a protectionist barrier because European oilseed-based biodiesel would still be allowed, though […]

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EU’s single palm oil certification seen stricter than RSPO Next

EU’s single palm oil certification seen stricter than RSPO Next

November 13, 2017 |

In Malaysia, an advisor to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil says he expects the European Union’s single certification scheme for palm oil to be much stricter than the RSPO Next put out last year that tightens the requirements beyond the standard certification. He disagrees that governments should drive such certifications and should instead be […]

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