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Indonesia to propose trade deal, relax US fruit imports as GSP extended

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, November 4, 2020   /  08:21 am
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wave during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, Indonesia, Oct. 29, 2020.( Indonesian Presidential Palace/Rusman)

Indonesia is seeking a limited trade deal with the United States and is moving to implement a relaxation for horticulture imports following the extension of a preferential trade facility. The limited trade deal was expected to cut tariffs of above 5 percent on Indonesian goods by a half, said Indonesian Ambassador to the US Muhammad Lutfi. “I am going to write a letter to the [United States Trade Representative] to propose [this to] the US, and hopefully we will get a positive response,” Lutfi said in a virtual briefing on Monday evening. Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto, Communications and Information Minister Johny G. Plate and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir were expected to visit Washington on Nov. 15 for the trade talks, Lufti added. The plan follows the US decision on Sunday ...