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Natural Rubber in Malaysia: Import Rises While Export Drops

Natural Rubber in Malaysia: Import Rises While Export Drops2019.07.19

Malaysia is the 6th largest producer of natural rubber after Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, India. And it’s also the 6th largest consumer of natural rubber after China, India, United States, Japan, Thailand.


According to the data from Department of Statistic Malaysia (DOSM), the total natural rubber production in Malaysia has shown a general downward trend from 2011 to 2018,dropping by 39.4% from 996,210 MT to 603,329 MT, despite of some slight ups and downs during 2014 and 2017.



(Data Source: DOSM)


However, it has shown a general rising path on the perspective of natural rubber consumption in Malaysia from 2011 to 2018, seeing a 28.3% growth from 401,923MT to 515,603MT.


(Data Source: DOSM)

 
As the demand rises but the production decreases in Malaysia, the country must increase the natural rubber import from other major exporters. The natural rubber import by Malaysia during 2011 and 2018 has shown an upward trend and peaked at 1,113,006 MT in 2017, though there are some drops and rises in the middle.  

(Data Source: DOSM)

 
In 2018, Malaysia has imported a total of 1,014,783 MT natural rubber. Thailand, is the largest natural rubber supplier to Malaysia, accounting for 47.3% in the total Malaysian natural rubber import, followed by Cote D'lvoire and Philippines as the second and third supplier, accounting for 25.3% and 9.7% respectively in total import.


(Data Source: DOSM)

 
On the aspects of Malaysian natural rubber export, it presents a roller coaster path during the past eight years, showing an upward trend first, then a downward trend, and then a rebound in 2017 and another drop in 2018. And in general, the export from Malaysia shows a decreasing trend.

(Data Source: DOSM)

 
In 2018, Malaysia has exported a total of 1,108,740 MT natural rubber. China is the largest natural rubber importer from Malaysia, accounting for 70.5% of the total export, followed by Germany accounting for 8.1% of the natural rubber export.


(Data Source: DOSM)

 

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