Thailand forecasts 4.8 mil T rubber output in 2018, up 8% y/y

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(March 22): expects to produce 4.8 million tonnes of dried in 2018, an 8% increase from the previous year, the country’s authority said on Thursday.

Exports are forecast to rise marginally to 4.17 million tonnes this year, from 4.09 million tonnes last year.

However, the actual volume exported may be lower because of the government’s recent goal to use an additional 200,000 tonnes of rubber domestically among state agencies, such as for infrastructure projects and roads.

Thailand currently uses about 600,000-800,000 tonnes domestically and exports the rest.

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The Thai government said in December aimed to push the country’s domestic consumption of rubber to 1 million tonnes per year to prevent market oversupply.

In December, the () — which consists of Thailand, , and — agreed to cut exports by up to 350,000 tonnes until the end of March to stabilise global prices.

The three countries produced 8.49 million tonnes of rubber in 2017, accounting for 62.75% of the world’s rubber output.

  • Reuters

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