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Malaysia's palm oil consumption 2011/12-2018/19

In the year 2018/2019, the domestic consumption of palm oil in Malaysia was around 3.5 million metric tons. Malaysia’s domestic consumption made up only a fraction of its total palm oil output, and it exports most of the palm oil it produces.

Domestic consumption versus export

Malaysia is the world’s second-largest exporter of palm oil in terms of volume, after Indonesia. In 2018, it exported around 15.4 million metric tons of palm oil, almost five times more than the domestic consumption. By comparison, Indonesia’s domestic palm oil consumption was around a third of the palm oil it produced in that year.

Domestic uses of palm oil

The domestic consumption of palm oil in Malaysia can be divided into two sectors: food and in biofuels . As a global leader in palm oil production, Malaysia had long promoted palm oil as a healthy and nutritious food commodity. This seemed to have had an impact on the population – close to 80 percent of Malaysians were of the opinion that palm oil is healthier than soybean oil.

Palm oil consumption in Malaysia from 2011/2012 to 2019/2020

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

2011/2012 to 2018/2019

Supplementary notes

* Forecast as of November.
Figures prior to 2014/15 were taken from previous editions of the publication.

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