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Rising concerns over Indonesia’s trade measures
29 June 2012


In Geneva, trade diplomats have recently expressed their various concerns on various trade measures taken by governments worldwide, including from the EU, Argentina, Indonesia, Ecuador, and the Philippines.

Specifically, the US is concerned with the import licensing requirements of Indonesia on products such as livestock, textiles and apparel, electronics, household appliances and food and beverages. Besides there is also the so-claimed disguised pre-shipment inspection requirements, and local content requirements including in the energy sector.

On the other hand, the EU expressed its concern on the new horticultural regulations and the regulation that may affect animal products.

Along with the US and the EU, countries like Japan, Korea, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, also voiced their concerns over such measures.

Indonesia argued that it is reviewing some of the regulations, as can be seen in its recent decision to postpone the implementation of some of the measures, including the horticultural regulations and import license.