Malaysia to open border for rubber

Malaysia to open border for rubber

Malaysian authorities have ordered the reopening of the Padang Besar checkpoint in Songkhla next week to allow the import of concentrated latex for the country's production of rubber gloves.

Kajohnjak Nuanphromsakul, acting governor of the Rubber Authority of Thailand (RAOT), said the Malaysian government has decided to reopen the checkpoint in Sadao district, effective April 6, in response to rising demand.

Malaysia is one of the world's leading producers of gloves and relies on latex supplies from Thailand. However, imports were suspended after Malaysia imposed its Movement Control Order across the country until April 14 as part of its efforts to combat Covid-19.

Mr Kajohnjak said the RAOT has contacted Malaysia's glove manufacturers and relevant authorities in Malaysia to inform them that exports will resume.

He said Malaysia has also asked Thai authorities to assign 19 people to supervise cargo containers and stressed they will have to comply with public health regulations.

According to Mr Kajohnjak, the authority is working with the rubber and logistics sectors to find ways to continue exporting rubber to Malaysia. The agency is also looking for new markets to help cushion the impacts of Covid-19 on rubber farmers and operators. Earlier, exports of concentrated latex to Malaysia stood at about 50,000 tonnes per month, accounting for 55% of the total.

Thai manufacturers are also increasing production due to high demand, which looks likely to surge further following the Covid-19 outbreak. In the US, people use 75 pairs of gloves per year while in China the average use is five pairs per person.

Earlier, Vorathep Wongsasuthikul, vice president of the Thai Rubber Association, said rubber sheets and standard rubber exports would most likely be affected by the outbreak which has forced tyre making in China to shut for at least two to three months.


Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (9)
TRENDING

Economy will grow faster in Q3 as investment, tourism return: Arkhom

Thailand's economic growth is expected to accelerate in the third quarter after a weaker-than-expected second quarter as public investment spending increases along with a recovery in tourism, the finance minister said on Wednesday.

17 Aug 2022

Indian smuggler arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport with fox, pythons

An Indian man has been arrested at Thailand's main airport attempting to smuggle out a menagerie of live creatures including a white desert fox and a raccoon, officials said Wednesday.

17 Aug 2022

Investment pledges slump in H1 as foreign projects wane

Investment applications in Thailand dropped by 42% in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period last year, official data showed on Wednesday, led by a sharp fall in foreign projects as the global economy slowed.

17 Aug 2022