Indonesia and EU trade war over palm oil expands to milk powder

November 3, 2017 |

In Indonesia, the government is threatening to block milk powder imports from the European Union if the EU moves forward with its recent resolution to restrict imports of palm oil from Indonesia. Indonesia imports milk powder from EU countries, as well as Australia and the United States.

“If they continue then I will do the same thing,” trade minister Enggartiasto Lukita told reporters on the sidelines of a palm oil conference in Nusa Dua, Bali, according to Reuters. The minister said Indonesia was prepared to restrict imports of milk powder “if the EU treats us unfairly and is discriminatory.”

The chairman of Indonesia’s palm oil group Joko Supriyono told Reuters that the country’s palm oil governance met international standards, but added palm exporters have started to look for alternative markets to ease the potential squeeze in Europe.

 

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