S-E Asia turns to India for maize on Myanmar unrest, surging freight rates

Unrest in Myanmar and substantial delivery fees have resulted in South-East Asian international locations and Bangladesh turning to India to satisfy their maize (corn) need for feed applications.

“Vietnam, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are getting maize from India,” mentioned Bimal Bengani, Controlling Director of Kolkata-based trading residence Bengani Food stuff Products and solutions Pvt Ltd.

“Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand are getting Indian maize to satisfy the need of the hen and poultry sectors. 1 rationale for these international locations to transform toward India is the unrest in Myanmar arising out of the Military taking above the administration there,” mentioned Delhi-based trade analyst S Chandrasekaran.

These orders have occur to India above the final a person-and-a-50 percent to two months.

“We are having orders from international locations such as Malaysia and Vietnam as our price ranges are aggressive,” mentioned Bimal Bengani.

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Aggressive price ranges

At the moment, maize is staying made available at $250 a tonne (₹18,600) free-on-board (f.o.b). On the other hand, the cereal is made available at $275-277 (₹20,450-20,600) charge and freight (CNF) to these international locations.

On the Chicago Board of Trade, corn futures are at the moment ruling at $5.89 a bushel (₹17,250 a tonne). According to the International Grains Council, maize is at the moment exported at $252 (₹18,750) a tonne from Argentina, $260 (₹19,350) from Brazil and $266 (₹19,800) from the US Gulf (all f.o.b).

Corn price ranges have acquired virtually 22 for every cent considering the fact that the starting of the 12 months, whilst the IGC maize sub-index has acquired sixty for every cent 12 months-on-12 months.

“Indian maize exports are aggressive considering the fact that exporters here settle for a low one-two for every cent margin,” mentioned Chandrasekharan.

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M Madan Prakash, President of Agri Commodities Exporters Affiliation, mentioned that exporters had been at the moment having maize delivered in Chennai from Andhra Pradesh at ₹17,000 a tonne until eventually final week-conclude.

At a variety of domestic agricultural sector terminals, maize is ruling amongst ₹1,five hundred-one,seven-hundred a quintal relying on the quality. This is towards the bare minimum assist value of ₹1,850 set for this season to September.

“We are also having maize to some extent from Karnataka. We had been having cargo from Tamil Nadu also but the crop arrivals have occur to an conclude,” mentioned Prakash, whose Rajathi Team exports agri-solutions.

Large freight charge

Another rationale for Indian maize getting its way into the South-East Asian international locations is surging freight premiums. Traders say that China is at the moment gathering as lots of containers as feasible for all destinations, including the European Union and United States.

China needs these containers to possibly import all its requirements or export its solutions. Beijing is even paying out $five hundred for ferrying an empty container to its ports from locations such as Colombo in Sri Lanka.

“The outcome of China mopping up all the containers has still left India with the gain of assembly rapid need in the South-East Asian area,” mentioned trade analyst Chandrasekaran.

“Malaysia and Vietnam experienced been sourcing maize from international locations such as Brazil, Argentina and Ukraine in addition to Myanmar before. The container problem has compelled them to transform to India,” he mentioned.

The problem for these international locations is that the freight premiums for having maize from these international locations is at the moment $fifty five-sixty five (₹4,one hundred-4,800) a tonne. Costs for a container are $five hundred (₹37,200).

“In contrast, freight premiums from India are $20 (₹1,five hundred) a tonne. The premiums give these nations an arbitrage of $thirty-35 (₹2,250-two,600),” mentioned Chandasekaran.

Prakash concurred with Chandrasekharan’s see on the freight fees.

The latest maize need from these destinations are short term and could continue on for yet another 6 months, he mentioned.

Bimal Bengani mentioned maize exports to the South-East Asian area would continue on in see of the aggressive premiums made available in India.

Chandrasekharan mentioned maize exports had been taking area from the east coastline ports of Kolkata and Chennai.

“Maize from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka’s Ballari and Raichur areas is staying shipped from Chennai. From Kolkata, maize from Bihar is sent to South-East Asia,” he mentioned.

Other than, the latest currency trade charge with the rupee depreciating towards the greenback would also favour maize exports from India.

The Indian rupee strike a nine-thirty day period low of seventy five.4 to the greenback before this week. It has dropped above 4 for every cent in the final pair of weeks. However, it has managed to climb again over seventy five to the greenback. On Friday, the rupee was quoted at 74.70 to the greenback, up 23 paise from Thursday.

Exports & Output

According to info from the Agricultural and Processed Food stuff Products and solutions Export Advancement Authority, an arm of the Commerce Ministry, India’s maize exports surged to a 6-12 months substantial final fiscal.

All through April-January time period of the fiscal, 22.03 lakh tonnes (lt) of maize had been exported with Bangladesh accounting for fourteen.seventy five lt. Nepal was the 2nd largest importer, getting 5.thirteen lt, whilst Vietnam acquired one.eleven lakh tonnes. Malaysia imported virtually 50,000 tonnes.

Maize exports from India dropped considering the fact that report shipments of 47.88 lakh tonnes in 2012-thirteen. Considering that then, they have been on a downswing before the turnaround final fiscal.

The coarse cereal’s exports slipped to beneath 10 lakh tonnes considering the fact that 2014-fifteen, when 28.25 lakh tonnes had been shipped out.

According to the Agriculture Ministry’s 2nd advance estimate of output of foodgrains for this crop 12 months to June, maize output is probably to be a report thirty.16 million tonnes (mt) towards 28.seventy seven mt final crop 12 months.

The export circumstance is in sharp contrast to 2019 when India experienced to import three.18 lt, 10 situations the shipments into the place the earlier 12 months.

Maize imports are permitted by the Union government beneath the tariff charge quota (TRQ) regime at a lower Customs obligation of fifteen for every cent. Below TRQ, 5 lt can be per year.

Over and above this, maize imports draw in 50 for every cent Customs obligation and an additional 5 for every cent Built-in Items and Solutions Tax and 10 for every cent social welfare surcharge.