French Palm Oil Tax Falls Foul of WTO

France recently introduced a tax specifically directed at palm oil. The new law proposes a tax that will hit palm oil that doesn’t meet ‘sustainability criteria’. There would be an initial tax of EUR90 per tonne on ‘unsustainable’ palm oil. ‘Sustainable’ palm oil would be exempt.

Palm oil producers have for the most part expressed opposition to the tax. Governments – particularly Indonesia’s – have been vocal, pointing out that … Read More

#Policy News

Human Faces: Malaysian Small Farmers Reject Proposed French Tax

French MPs voted last week on an additional tax on palm oil. This tax will harm the lives and livelihoods of over 300,000 small farmers in Malaysia for whom oil palm cultivation is an essential lifeline.

Dato’ Haji Aliasak Haji Ambia, President of the National Association of Smallholders Malaysia (NASH) said:

“This tax is unfair, unjustified and discriminatory towards millions of small farmers worldwide. In Malaysia, today, more than one

Read More
#Policy News

David Martin’s Latest Recipe: Moqueca de Peixe

Chef David Martin, famous French restaurateur and TV personality, invites you on a culinary journey to learn more about his cooking techniques using palm oil. This is not just a culinary experience, but an educational one as well.

Chef Martin is joined by cardio-thoracic surgeon Dr. Guy André Pelouze, who explains the health benefits of the food cooked by David Martin. Together they will prepare a series of delicious recipes Read More


Malaysian Palm Oil Council Condemns Today’s Vote on French Palm Oil Tax

National Assembly Proposal Has No Intellectual or Economic Credibility

Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) today condemns the vote in the French National Assembly that imposes a discriminatory tax on palm oil produced in the developing world. The tax has been passed in a vote of MPs in the National Assembly, despite having no economic or environmental credibility.

The tax was passed as part of the Biodiversity … Read More

#Policy News

Growing Opposition to Discriminatory Palm Oil Tax

Opposition is growing to the proposed palm oil tax from within the French Parliament, in the French media, and by leading French economic and industry experts.

Food Navigator reports on the economic analysis commissioned by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), which demonstrated that no economic basis existed for the proposed palm oil tax. The CEO of MPOC, Dr Yusof Basiron, was quoted in the article describing the proposed tax … Read More

#Policy News

Malaysian Palm Oil Council: Proposed French Palm Oil Tax Discriminatory

Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), today, condemns efforts by the governing party of France, the Socialists, to impose a discriminatory tax on palm oil produced in the developing world. A new report (The Economic Facts About Palm Oil Taxation in France) commissioned by MPOC finds no economic rationale for the new tax, and in fact, finds it to be disproportionate and discriminatory.

The French … Read More

#Policy News