KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia welcomes India’s decision not to renew the imposition of the 5% bilateral safeguard duty on refined palm oil from the country, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said today.
The safeguard duty was imposed by India on Sept 4 last year for six months, which raised the tax on such imports from 45% to 50%.
Mohd Khairuddin said the government viewed positively India’s move which showed the latter’s openness to reestablish the long-standing close relations between the two countries in terms of trade and culture.
“However, Malaysia acknowledges that both countries need to discuss further on several issues, including curbs on palm oil exports to India and the trade imbalance in favour of Malaysia,” the recently-appointed minister said in a statement.
Mohd Khairuddin, who previously said one of the first moves of the new government would be to rebuild relations with India, plans to lead a Malaysian delegation to the world’s second-most populous nation to discuss the strategic trade directions, especially in the commodity sector, for the benefit of both countries the Covid-19 pandemic ends.
“Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is also prepared to meet India’s Prime Minister to discuss bilateral trade and to strengthen relations between the two countries,” he added. – March 25, 2020, Bernama