Indonesia slams EU biodiesel duties

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Indonesian workers fill in biodiesel to a delivery truck at Peramina's Plumpang fuel oil depot in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Indonesia slams EU biodiesel duties


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Indonesia has announced plans to file a World Trade Organization (WTO) complaint against European Union anti-dumping duties on biodiesel exports from the Southeast Asian country.

In a statement issued on March 19, Indonesia said EU duties on biodiesel were inconsistent with the WTO’s Anti-Dumping Agreement and disputed the calculations that they were based on.

“We are ready to file the suit at the first meeting in March 29-30 at WTO headquarter in Geneva,” Indonesia’s Director of Trade Security Pradnyawati said.

In November 2013, the EU set duties of 8.8% to 20.5% for Indonesian producers and between 22% and 25.7% for Argentine producers, to apply for five years in both cases.

As reported by the Reuters news agency, the EU argued that by imposing duty on the raw product, soybeans in the case of Argentina and palm oil for Indonesia, they gave an advantage to domestic producers, which allowed them then to “dump” product at unfairly low prices.

Argentina and Indonesia, major exporters of biodiesel, have called the EU measures protectionist.

Indonesia said the EU duties had caused sales of biodiesel to slump from $625m in 2013 to an expected $9m in 2017, according to Trade Map data.

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