Kuwait among top consumers of incense, oud oil worldwide

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KUWAIT CITY, April 18: Kit Phuang, the Secretary-General of the Vietnamese Incense Association, said Kuwait is one of the leading consumers of incense and oud oil globally, reports Al-Jarida daily. He noted Kuwaitis’ preference for high-quality agarwood, which has led him to visit Kuwait multiple times to market and introduce Vietnamese products. Phuang emphasized that while Kuwaitis often import incense and oud oil from countries like the Philippines, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, or Cambodia due to lower prices, Vietnamese oud is renowned for its superior quality and fragrance.

Kit Phuang and colleague Rabih Kallas

Vietnamese oud is exported not only to the Middle East but also to countries like China and Japan. Phuang explained that oud prices range from $100 to $1 million per kilogram, with the highest-priced oud being bought by the Chinese for medicinal purposes and decoration, rather than burning. He attributed the variation in prices to the age of the agarwood tree, noting that older trees, around 100 years old, produce the most expensive and rare incense.

Despite the rarity of high-quality oud, Phuang praised Kuwaitis for their expertise in incense and oud oil, as they prioritize quality over price and have extensive experience in daily usage. He described dealing with Kuwaitis as a unique and enjoyable experience due to their professionalism and openness to sharing their knowledge. He added, after 10 years, an agarwood tree reaches between 8 and 14 meters in height. The agarwood tree forest spanning about 3 million square meters and employing around 100 farmers is owned by the Phuang family. He went on to say, the Vietnamese Incense Association comprises approximately 250 members, with a board of directors consisting of 20 people.

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