A World Trade Organization appeals panel has ruled that Indonesia’s licensing programs that restrict imports of horticultural and meat products violate WTO trade commitments. Last week’s ruling hands a victory to the U.S. and New Zealand. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Indonesia’s restrictions “cost U.S. farmers and ranchers millions of dollars per year in lost export opportunities.” The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation said they hope the ruling “translates into U.S. poultry exports to Indonesia, something we’ve not seen for nearly 10 years. We are most appreciative to Ambassador Lighthizer for strongly pursuing this issue with WTO. If it were not for USTR’s persistence, this would not have been accomplished.”
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