VEGOILS-Palm flops to two-month closing low as Indonesia eases export rules
Updates with closing prices
KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 (Reuters) - Malaysian palm oil futures tumbled more than 4% on Friday to close at their lowest in two months, logging a sharp weekly loss as top producer Indonesia eased export rules to "flush out" and reduce high palm oil inventories.
The benchmark palm oil contract FCPOc3 for August delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange reversed early gains to close down 270 ringgit, or 4.35%, at 5,940 ringgit ($1,350.00) a tonne.
Palm plunged nearly 8% this week in its first weekly decline in three, also weighed down by fresh COVID-19 restrictions in parts of Shanghai. nL1N2XW01L
Indonesia raised its maximum export tax for crude palm oil by 44% but cuts in another levy are expected to reduce overall fees to send palm oil products overseas. nL1N2XX036
As part a scheme to speed up exports, the government will allow exporters that have not joined its bulk cooking oil distribution programme to ship palm oil by paying a $200 per tonne charge on top of the export tax and levy, senior minister Luhut Pandjaitan said. nJ9N2W4016
In second-largest producer Malaysia, end-May inventories shrank 7.37% from April to 1.52 million tonnes as exports surged to a five-month peak, data from the palm oil board (MPOB) showed. nL1N2XX07O
Production fell less than expected, at 1.46 million tonnes, while exports rose to 1.36 million tonnes, according to MPOB data.
Meanwhile, exports during June 1-10 fell 3.4% from the same period in May, independent inspection company AmSpec Agri Malaysia said. Another cargo surveyor Intertek Testing Services estimated shipments during the period rose 6.2%. nAZN077RUQnAZN077RXI
Dalian's most-active soyoil contract DBYcv1 fell 0.9%, while its palm oil contract DCPcv1 dropped 2.9%. Soyoil prices on the Chicago Board of Trade BOcv1 were down 0.9%.
($1 = 4.4000 ringgit)
(Reporting by Mei Mei Chu; Editing by Rashmi Aich and Subhranshu Sahu, Kirsten Donovan)
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