The World Trade Organization ruled last week that 18 different import restrictions the Indonesian government maintains on beef, poultry, and various produce items violate global trade rules, handing an overwhelming victory to the U.S. and New Zealand. The ruling could help grow U.S. exports of a broad range of agriculture products to Indonesia, which already totaled nearly $115 million in 2015. U.S. agricultural exports affected by Indonesia’s restrictions include apples, grapes, oranges, potatoes, onions, flowers, juices, cattle, beef, and poultry.
Indonesia can appeal the ruling to the WTO’s appellate body within 60 days. If it ultimately loses, Indonesia would have to reform its rules or face the possibility of U.S. trade retaliation.
Source: NAFB News Service