Indonesia has requested World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute consultations with the European Union regarding the EU’s imposition of countervailing duties on imports of biodiesel from Indonesia.
The request was circulated to WTO members on 15 August.
Indonesia claims that the EU countervailing duty measures and the underlying investigation that led to the imposition of the measures are inconsistent with a number of provisions of the WTO’s Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994.
The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter and to find a satisfactory solution without proceeding further with litigation. After 60 days, if consultations have failed to resolve the dispute, the complainant may request adjudication by a panel.