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India might increase import duty on edible oils as local oilseed prices dip

India relies on imports for 70% of edible oil consumption


India is likely to raise import duty on refined and crude vegetable oils, like palm and soy oil, as local oilseed prices slumped below the government support levels, a government official told Reuters on Thursday. Local oilseed crushers are struggling to compete with cheaper edible oil imports from Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil and Argentina, reducing demand for local rapeseed and soybeans, even after prices tumbled by a third over the past 14 months. India, the world's biggest palm and soybean oil importer, now relies on imports for 70 per cent of its edible oils, up from 44 ...

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First Published: Thu, June 29 2017. 20:27 IST