The Palm Scribe

Palm oil issue not thwarting trade deal

The Jakarta Post, 28 May 2018

The European Union is confident that the ongoing debate over palm oil with Indonesia will not hamper negotiations on the Indonesia-EU Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (I-EU CEPA). The bloc had never considered palm oil a trade issue, as no tariff or import duty was imposed on the commodity so far, EU Delegation and Ambassador Head to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam Vincent Guerend said. The EU is not specifically talking about palm oil because it has 15 chapters to discuss. It may be an aspect in wider issues, but from its point of view, the EU has no problem at all, he told “The Jakarta Post” on Friday (May 25). Guerend said the fifth round of negotiations on the Indonesia-EU CEPA was expected to commence in July, following the fourth round held in February in Surakarta, Central Java.

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