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Indonesia denies biodiesel dumping allegation in US

  • Stefani Ribka

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 24, 2017   /   10:44 am
Indonesia denies biodiesel dumping allegation in US Trade Minister Enggartiasto 'Enggar' Lukita (JP/Stefani Ribka)

The government will ask the United States to review its latest anti-dumping measure against Indonesian biodiesel, according to Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita.

“Such allegations [that Indonesian biodiesel production is subsidized] have been raised before and we can prove that there’s no subsidy involved. We’ll pass the request to the US for a review immediately after talking to producers,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) announced Tuesday its preliminary anti-dumping determination on biodiesel from Indonesia and Argentina.

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Its preliminary investigation claims that Wilmar International Ltd. has benefitted from a 41.06 percent subsidy from the government, while PT Musim Mas received a 44.92 percent subsidy and all other local producers 44.92 percent.

Indonesian producers would, therefore, be required to pay a fee to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) based on those preliminary rates.

Petitions against Indonesian and Argentinian biodiesel were filed last March and the US government has been investigating the case.

Should the claims be proven correct, an order for anti-dumping measures will be issued on Dec. 29 this year. (bbn)