Pepper market slows down
Kuching Grade 1 black pepper slipped to RM13,750 per tonne on Aug 12 from RM17,330 per tonne in December 2021, down by RM3,580 per tonne or more than 20%. Likewise, Kuching Grade 1 white pepper fell to RM23,850 per tonne from RM26,450 per tonne or by RM2,600 or about 10% during the same period, according to Malaysian Pepper Board’s (MPB) daily published prices.新2查账（www.hg108.vip）提供新2网址和新2最新网址,包括新2手机网址,新2备用网址,皇冠最新网址,新2足球网址,皇冠新2网址,新2管理网址,新2网址大全,hg0088.com,hga038.com,同时开放新2信用平台查账功能.
KUCHING: Domestic pepper prices have weakened considerably this year, after 2021’s powerful rally as a result of the spice’s global oversupply.
Other key factors contributing to the pull-back in prices include the Russia-Ukraine war, inflationary pressures and the strong US dollar.
Kuching Grade 1 black pepper slipped to RM13,750 per tonne on Aug 12 from RM17,330 per tonne in December 2021, down by RM3,580 per tonne or more than 20%.
Likewise, Kuching Grade 1 white pepper fell to RM23,850 per tonne from RM26,450 per tonne or by RM2,600 or about 10% during the same period, according to Malaysian Pepper Board’s (MPB) daily published prices.
In 2021, both black and white pepper prices posted impressive gains, soaring by about 90% from RM9,050 per tonne and 65% from RM16,000 per tonne respectively recorded in 2020.
Last year, both the black and white pepper prices climbed to their highest levels in three years since 2018, but were still far way off from their all-time highs of RM30,000 per tonne and RM50,000 per tonne respectively, in 2015.,
International Pepper Community (IPC) executive director Firna Azura Ekaputri Marzuki said the current pepper market continues to be bearish, as the world grapples with demand erosion this year due to “deficit changing to surplus” inventory.
Malaysian Pepper Board's regional office in Kuching.
Other factors are depreciating currencies because of the strong dollar, inflation and low consumer appetite.
“China has returned to the pepper market but it may not be enough to cheer markets as Brazil and Indonesia are entering harvest season for 2022,” she added in her presentation on “Globalisation and World Pepper Industry 2021/2022” at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) late last month.
Sarawak’s established pepper exporter Nguong Aik (Kuching) Sdn Bhd director William S C Yii said as China, a major pepper consuming country, has not fully re-opened its international borders due to its Covid zero policy, it has resulted in a cut down in imports from major producing and supplying countries like Vietnam.
“Now China is very short of pepper because of a lot of restrictions (in imports). If Vietnam exporters cannot sell to China, they have to sell to other markets, like the United States and Europe and this has affected pepper prices,” Yii told StarBiz.