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Jakarta Post

Indonesia wins tobacco dispute with US

  • Linda Yulisman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 7 2012   /  10:04 am

Indonesia, the world’s largest producer of clove cigarettes, has won a tobacco dispute with the United States after the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled in its favor, saying that the US ban on clove cigarettes was discriminatory as the country still allowed sales of similarly flavored cigarettes.

The Trade Ministry’s international trade cooperation head, Iman Pambagyo, welcomed the ruling, saying that Indonesia’s winning the case would be important not only for Indonesia, but also other countries in terms of respecting the institution’s ruling. The government would continue in its commitment to international agreements under the WTO, especially regarding the technical barriers to trade (TBT) agreement, he said.

“All countries must respect it [the agreement]. With this ruling, we expect other countries will not follow the US’ move,” he said in a statement o...