NAMI Statement on USTR Request for WTO Panel to Examine Indonesia’s Import Restrictions on U.S. AgricultureWednesday, March 18, 2015
Washington, D.C.--The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) released the following statement regarding the United States Trade Representative Michael Froman's annoucement today that the United States has requested the World Trade Organization (WTO) to establish a dispute settlement panel to examine Indonesia’s wide-ranging import restrictions on fruits and vegetables (such as apples, grapes, and potatoes), animal products (such as beef and poultry), and other agricultural products.
“The North American Meat Institute appreciates the administration’s efforts to challenge the restrictive trade barriers put in place by the Indonesian government. 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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