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Biodiesel makers cheer lifting of Spain’s export restriction

  • Linda Yulisman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 7 2013   /  11:17 am

Local biodiesel fuel producers have welcomed the Spanish government’s decision to lift restrictions on biodiesel imports from any country outside the European Union (EU), saying the move will allow Indonesian producers to increase sales of their products to the country.

Spain, one of the biggest consumers of biodiesel within the 22-member bloc, recently changed a ministerial order issued in April last year by its Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism that regulated the allocation of biodiesel production quotas from EU countries.

The regulation effectively put restrictions on any third country selling their biodiesel to Spain and instead, encouraged local production and higher imports of raw materials.

Togar Sitanggang, an activist with the Biofuel Producers Association (Aprobi), said on Sunday that the amendment of the rule would give local biodiesel producers...