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EDITORIAL: EU policy unjustifiable

  • EDITORIAL

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 24, 2017   /  07:56 am
EDITORIAL: EU policy unjustifiable Indonesia is now the world’s largest palm oil producer supplying over 26 million tons of palm oil-based products to the global market annually. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

We find it mind-boggling trying to understand the European Union’s stubborn policy to maintain the 2013 anti-dumping duties on the importation of Indonesian biodiesel, despite a court ruling last year that annulled the duties. The court ruled last September that Indonesian domestic palm oil prices were not regulated. The dumping complaint only validates our suspicion that the seemingly endless attacks on palm oil by green NGOs and consumer organizations since the late 1990s have partly been prompted by strong lobbying by the EU vegetable oil industry to weaken the competitiveness of Indonesian palm oil. Hence, the government’s decision to file next week a complaint at the Geneva-based World Trade Organization against the EU anti-dumping duties is imperative. Palm oil, which now accounts for almost 50 percent of global vegetable oil consumption, has increasingly been lea...