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U.S. Requests WTO Panel to Examine Indonesia's Import Restrictions

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to establish 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 noted that the removal of Indonesia's export barriers could result in a doubling of U.S. beef exports to the nation, and could open a $100 million market for U.S. poultry products. In 2014, U.S. exports of animals and animal products to Indonesia totaled $63.2 million.

NAMI Senior Vice President of International Affairs Bill Westman in a statement expressed appreciation for 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. Westman agreed that it is time for the WTO to act to level the playing field and ensure Indonesia is meeting its trade commitments.

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