Politics, Law and Security

Indonesia Will Challenge US Duties on Biodiesel

The Indonesian government will appeal to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the US’s high anti-dumping tariff on bio-diesel imports from Indonesia, a senior trade official said.On April 9, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) increased the already steep anti-dumping tariff and countervailing duty on biodiesel imports from Indonesia from 126.97 to 341.38 percent, essentially making it almost impossible for the Indonesian bio-diesel product to enter the US market. On March 16, Indonesia won a bio-diesel dispute against the European Union at the World Trade Organization, leading the EU’s abolishment of its anti-dumping tariff on Indonesian biodiesel export to the bloc.

Indonesia May Join TPP

Indonesia is considering plans to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the United States, known as TPP-11, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said.He added that as Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and Brunei had entered the trade pact, the remaining countries, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines, could get input from them. “We are studying the new TPP because without the US, it will be different. ASEAN countries will sit together and those four countries that are already in the TPP will brief the remaining six countries,” Enggar said on April 20. (JP)