Indonesia renews poultry import regulation following WTO decision

Indonesia renews poultry import regulation following WTO decision

Documentation of a chicken farm in Kudus, Central Java, on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (ANTARA FOTO/Yusuf Nugroho/tom/18/sw)

Adjustment of the regulation means to give trade preference to Brazil only in chicken meat and chicken products
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia renewed the import regulation of poultry and its products following the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body’s (WTO DSB's) decision in DS 484 case, dated November 22, 2019, as a lawsuit initiated by Brazil.

"Adjustment of the regulation means to give trade preference to Brazil only in chicken meat and chicken products," Indonesia’s Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita clarified in Jakarta, Friday.

He reiterated that in spite of WTO concurring on the fact that Indonesia had violated some articles, it was not necessarily Indonesia that would have imported chicken meat and chicken products from Brazil since the DS 484 is currently under investigation by the compliance panel, the process for which will take months.

Lukita expounded that the adjustment will be applied through harmonizing national interests and public health along with the regulations adopted by Indonesia and WTO, so as to ensure that Indonesia will only have safe, healthy, and halal poultry products.

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"Thus, imported chicken products must meet the international health standards and Indonesia’s halal standards. To make it clear here, the halal policy imposed in Indonesia never violated any regulations," Lukita emphasized.

In 2009, Brazil began accessing Indonesia's poultry market. Nonetheless, Brazil viewed that Indonesia’s rules and procedures hampered the entry process.

Hence, Brazil had launched a WTO complaint against Indonesia on October 16, 2014, as noted on the body’s website. The WTO panel ruled four Indonesian policies violated the WTO regulation were positive list, fixed license term, intended use, and undue delay policies.

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