The European Union stops investigations into anti-subsidies for fatty acids from Indonesia –

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Labuan Bajo ( – European Union authorities have stopped their anti-subsidy investigation of fatty acid products (fatty acids) from Indonesia, the decision was stipulated by the European Commission through Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2023/617 of 17 March 2023.

Responding to the decision to terminate the investigation, the Indonesian Minister of Trade (Ministry of Trade) Zulkifli Hasan said that this result could not be separated from the efforts of the Ministry of Trade to actively participate and be cooperative at every stage of the investigation.

“The Indonesian government through the Ministry of Trade actively participates in efforts to secure access to export markets for Indonesian products trade remedies from trading partner countries. The positive results of this anti-subsidy investigation cannot be separated from the active participation of the Ministry of Trade in every stage of the investigation,” Zulkifli said through an official statement received in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Saturday.

The European Commission initiated an investigation into the Anti-Subsidy of Fatty Acid Products from Indonesia on 13 May 2022. A request for an investigation was submitted Coalition against Unfair Trade in Fatty Acids (CUTFA) as the applicant.

The Indonesian government also actively participated in the investigation by participating in pre-initiation consultations, submitting questionnaire answers, and submitting objections to the European Commission.

During the investigation period, CUTFA withdrew its petition on October 3, 2022. By withdrawing this petition, referring to Articles 14(1) EU Basic Regulationsthe European Commission can continue or end the investigation.

Furthermore, based on the information gathered during the course of the investigation, the European Commission concluded that stopping the investigation would not be contrary to the interests of the European Union.

The Director General of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Trade, Budi Santoso, said that if the reimbursement of import duties is applied to Indonesian fatty acids, there will be a separate impact on industrial users in the European Union.

“Imposing a fee for Indonesian fatty acid products will have a negative impact on Indonesia and the European Union, so we welcome the termination of this anti-subsidy investigation,” said Budi.

Based on data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, exports of fatty acid products to the European Union in the 2018-2022 period increased by 25.76 percent. The largest export value was recorded in 2021 at US$403 million.

Meanwhile, for the January 2023 period, exports were recorded at US$18 million. This value decreased by 44.83 percent when compared to January 2022’s export value of USD 32 million.

The Director of Trade Security at the Ministry of Trade, Natan Kambuno, said that the struggle to secure the Indonesian fatty acid market in the European Union would still continue. In addition to the investigation into anti-dumping fatty acids which was successfully terminated, Indonesia is working to stop the imposition of anti-dumping duties (BMAD) on fatty acids by the European Commission.

“The termination of the anti-subsidy investigation will ease business actors and the government in securing market access for export of fatty acid products to the European Union. The Indonesian government is still struggling with its best efforts to stop the imposition of BMAD by the European Union authorities,” said Natan.

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