Tag: WTO

Indonesia prepares for battle in Switzerland over RED and palm oil

Indonesia prepares for battle in Switzerland over RED and palm oil

February 23, 2020 |

In Switzerland, Indonesia and the EU met in Geneva last week for a WTO consultation over the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The Palm Oil Monitor reports that the meeting is the culmination of a months-long public battle of words over the introduction of the measure and that the WTO consultations, are where the action […]

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Indonesia sends request for consultations to WTO over EU biodiesel policy

Indonesia sends request for consultations to WTO over EU biodiesel policy

December 16, 2019 |

In Indonesia, following warnings that it wouldn’t take the European Union’s policy against palm oil in biofuels sitting down, Reuters reports that Indonesia has officially sent a request for consultations to the World Trade Organization, the first step in a complaint, on December 9. The consultation process lasts 60 days and if no resolution is […]

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Malaysia and Indonesia confirm WTO complaint against Europe will be filed by year’s end

Malaysia and Indonesia confirm WTO complaint against Europe will be filed by year’s end

October 22, 2019 |

In Malaysia, Reuters reports that Malaysia’s primary industries minister said that her country together with Indonesia will file their official complaint against the European Union’s policy against palm oil in biofuel at the World Trade Organization’s dispute settlement body before year’s end. An outspoken Member of European Parliament from the Greens recently challenged the countries […]

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MEP tells Malaysia and Indonesia to “bring it on” over potential palm oil WTO fight

MEP tells Malaysia and Indonesia to “bring it on” over potential palm oil WTO fight

October 15, 2019 |

In Belgium, MongoBay reports that one of the European Parliament’s leading environmental proponents says the legislative body isn’t afraid of threats by Malaysia and Indonesia to file a complaint at the World Trade Organization against Europe’s future ban on palm oil for biodiesel, and has encouraged the two countries to “bring it on”. He said […]

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Indonesia preparing to take EU to WTO over to types of palm oil discrimination

Indonesia preparing to take EU to WTO over to types of palm oil discrimination

October 9, 2019 |

In Indonesia, Antara news agency reports that the Indonesian government is preparing the documents required in order to file an official complaint against the European Union and its Renewable Energy Directive II at the World Trade Organization for its treatment of palm oil for biofuels. The complaint will have two facets, one discriminating against palm […]

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Malaysia to file WTO complaint against EU over palm oil by November

Malaysia to file WTO complaint against EU over palm oil by November

July 15, 2019 |

In Malaysia, The Edge newspaper reports that the country plans to take the European Union to the World Trade Organization over its treatment of palm oil for biofuel and expects to launch the complaint by November. The country’s attorney general is already reviewing the documentation that has been prepared for submitting the complaint while details […]

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U.S. Grains Council supports WTO Rrport finding China misused corn TRQ

U.S. Grains Council supports WTO Rrport finding China misused corn TRQ

April 28, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C. the U.S. Grains Council strongly supports a decision made by the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body determining China administered its tariff-rate quotas for wheat, corn and rice inconsistently with its WTO requirements. The report found that China’s TRQ administration is not transparent, predictable or fair and that it ultimately inhibits TRQs […]

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Malaysia gearing up for WTO fight over palm oil while also boosting its sustainability

Malaysia gearing up for WTO fight over palm oil while also boosting its sustainability

April 25, 2019 |

In Malaysia, local press reports that the country’s primary industries minister doesn’t see the European Union budging on its stance against palm oil for biofuel so in turn is taking a two-pronged approach to the challenge: on one hand preparing to move forward with a formal WTO complaint and on the other hand working with […]

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Malaysia joins Indonesia with WTO threats to the EU over palm oil

Malaysia joins Indonesia with WTO threats to the EU over palm oil

March 17, 2019 |

In Malaysia, over the weekend, the government threatened to challenge the European Union via the World Trade Organization if the EU continues to phase out palm oil from transportation fuel. Malaysia’s foreign ministry responded to the EU’s plan to phase out palm oil that was published on Wednesday as a “calculated political act” aimed at […]

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Argentina won’t shy away from WTO if EU slams new anti-dumping tariffs on biodiesel

Argentina won’t shy away from WTO if EU slams new anti-dumping tariffs on biodiesel

January 3, 2019 |

In Argentina, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reaffirmed to the European Union that the country doesn’t subsidize its biodiesel industry in an effort to end the current investigation that could lead to the EU setting new anti-dumping tariffs on Argentine biodiesel imports. The ministry says that should the EU decide to go ahead with […]

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