GLOBAL - The US has called on the World Trade Organization (WTO) to set a dispute settlement panel to examine Indonesia's wide-ranging import restrictions on fruits, vegetables, beef, poultry and other agricultural products.
The disputed restrictions include a ban on poultry, as well as a variety of import licensing requirements imposed in 2011 on horticulture products, animals and animal products.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that the removal of Indonesia's export barriers could result in a doubling of US beef exports to the nation, and could open a $100 million market for US poultry products.
In 2014, US exports of animals and animal products to Indonesia reached $63.2 million.
North American Meat Institute Senior Vice President of International Affairs Bill Westman welcomed the Administration's efforts to challenge Indonesia's restrictive trade barriers, which have limited trade of meat and poultry to levels far below other countries in the region.
Mr Westman agreed that it is time for the WTO to act to level the playing field and ensure Indonesia is meeting its trade commitments.
“The North American Meat Institute appreciates the administration’s efforts to challenge the restrictive trade barriers put in place by the Indonesian government,” he said.
“As USTR noted, the barriers have had a significant impact on trade with Indonesia, limiting trade of meat and poultry to levels far below other countries in the region.
“We agree that it is time for the World Trade Organization to level the playing field and ensure Indonesia is meeting its trade commitments.”
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