EU Slaps Anti-subsidy Duties On Indonesian Biodiesel
Brussels, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Aug, 2019 ) :The European Union has imposed duties on imports of subsidised biodiesel from Indonesia in order to level the playing field for EU producers, officials said Tuesday.
"This inflicts a threat of economic damage to EU producers," the commission statement said.
The Commission said its investigation focused on possible subsidies for biodiesel production, whether it involved palm oil or other, less-used, raw material.
But environmentalists say it drives deforestation, with huge swathes of Southeast Asian rainforest logged in recent decades to make way for palm plantations.
Indonesian trade minister Enggartiasto Lukita said last week he had told Indonesia's dairy importers to look for new suppliers outside Europe, and threatened to hike existing tariffs on EU dairy products, which currently range from 5-10 percent.