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‘Mayhem’ Ensues as Top Shipper Indonesia Bans Edible Oil Exports

  • Move adds to spate of crop protectionism since war in Ukraine
  • Ban could worsen already tight availability of vegetable oils
Workers deep fry Kerupuk crackers at a factory in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 20. 

Workers deep fry Kerupuk crackers at a factory in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 20. 

Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg
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Indonesia, the world’s biggest palm oil producer, will ban all exports of cooking oil and its raw materials amid a local shortage.

The shipment halt will start from April 28 and last until the government deems the shortage resolved, said President Joko Widodo in a Friday briefing. Most of the country’s cooking oil is made of palm oil products.