Indonesia to investigate E.U. palm oil trade barriers
Indonesia's Trade Minister Mohamad Suleman Hidayat has told Antaranews.com the country has formed an expert team to study the European Union's trade barriers for commodity exports.
The story reported the study would particularly emphasize crude palm oil (CPO) trade obstacles, which the Indonesian government saw as mainly non-tariff barriers.
"We hope we can finish soon the identification of the trade barriers and overcome them so that our exports to Europe would not face constraints. The team has begun working now," Hidayat was quoted as saying.
"They (Europe) set a relatively high standard. They do not want to accept CPO which is produced from plantation on peat land. I think it is an old issue but could be overcome because we do not export CPO produced from plantation on peat land areas."