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Malaysia keeps June crude palm oil export duty at zero percent

Workers stand near palm oil fruits inside a palm oil factory in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said/Files

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia kept its export duty on crude palm oil for June unchanged at zero percent, according to a circular on the Malaysian Palm Oil Board's website on Tuesday, citing the national customs department.

The duty has been at zero percent since September.

Malaysia, the world's second-largest producer of palm oil, calculated a palm oil reference price of 2,018.76 ringgit ($484.2) per tonne for June. Any price above 2,250 ringgit incurs a duty.

The Southeast Asian Nation in May had announced it would defer the imposition of export duties on crude palm oil to Dec. 31 in efforts to boost palm oil exports and expand into new markets.

Malaysian benchmark palm oil futures were last up 0.1% at 1,985 ringgit per tonne on Monday evening, after falling to a five-month low of 1,960 ringgit.

($1 = 4.1690 ringgit)

(Reporting by Emily Chow; Editing by James Emmanuel)