US wins WTO case against Indonesian meat, fruit and veg import rules
A WORLD Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute settlement panel has ruled in favour of the US in a battle over Indonesia's restrictive import rules on meat, fruit and vegetables.
"Indonesia has maintained untenable import licensing, harming US producers from potatoes to beef to grapes to oranges to poultry," said US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
The WTO panel agreed with the United States on 18 out of 18 claims that Indonesia is applying import restrictions and prohibitions that are inconsistent with WTO rules.
Indonesia imposes restrictions on imports of certain horticultural products during harvest periods to avoid competition with its domestic producers.
"Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and an increasingly important export market for many US agricultural products, with exports of agricultural products affected by Indonesia's import licensing regimes totalling nearly US$115 million in 2015," according to the Office of the US Trade Representative.