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WTO Rules in Favor of U.S. in Beef Dispute with Indonesia

Thursday, November 16, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently ruled in favor of the U.S. in a dispute with Indonesia concerning the country's import requirements for beef and beef products. WTO ruled that all 18 of Indonesia's import measures challenged by the U.S. were inconsistent with its rules and obligations. These import measures included licensing regimes for meat, poultry and other horticultural and animal products. The ruling marks the end of a multi-year WTO dispute settlement process and is expected to open up significant new export opportunities for the U.S. beef industry in the Indonesian market. Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter applauded the decision stating that as the world's fourth most populous country, Indonesia presents "great potential for the meat and poultry industry." Last year, U.S. beef and beef variety meats exports to Indonesia totaled 10,783 metric tons, valued at $39.4 million, making it the U.S.'s ninth-largest export market by volume and 15th-largest by value.

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