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Jakarta Post

Indonesia steels itself for EU metals dispute

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 18, 2021   /  05:52 pm
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A worker supervises nickel smelting at a facility owned by PT Vale Indonesia.(JP/Ruslan Sangadji)

The Indonesian government is preparing to face the European Union in the next phase of a trade dispute over the country’s export bans on certain raw materials necessary for the production of stainless steel, particularly nickel ore, after a previous consultation stalled for nearly a year.

The EU is planning to request the establishment of a panel to rule on the legality of Indonesia’s export restrictions at the next meeting of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DBS) on Jan. 25.

Indonesian Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi said on Jan. 15 that the country would participate in the dispute settlement process while the EU sought to prove its allegations.

“At the same time, we will explain and defend everything we have worked on, especially on the nickel export front, in line with the prevailing laws a...