KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Feb. 16, 2010)—Malaysia's production of natural rubber decreased by almost 20 percent in 2009, despite a sharp jump in December. Exports also declined for the full year.
The country produced 97,000 metric tons of NR in December 2009, an increase of 56 percent from the same month in 2008. This was not enough to offset reductions in previous months, and the country finished the year with NR production of 860,000 tons, a decrease of 19.5 percent from the 1.07 million tons in 2008.
Exports in December reached 70,369 tons, an increase of 58.4 percent compared to a year earlier. For the full year, exports reached 714,000 tons, down by 24.4 percent from 2008, when the equivalent figure was 932,000 tons.
NR imports totaled nearly 82,000 tons for the month, more than double December 2008. For the full year, NR imports totaled mounted to 738,739 tons.