RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil filed an appeal at the World Trade Organization to challenge the barriers imposed by Indonesia on the importation of chicken meat, official sources reported on Friday.
The dispute dates back to 2014, when Brazil reported to the WTO an alleged unwritten general ban by Indonesia on the importation of meat and chicken products from the world’s largest exporter as a result of a package of restrictive measures and six individual trade restrictions.
In 2017, Brazil won a dispute against Indonesia in the WTO and the judges gave until June 2018 as the deadline to remove the barriers against Brazilian chicken imports.
To this day, however, Indonesia is yet to authorize Brazilian exports.
Brazil’s appeal to the WTO comes a month after Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Minister, Tereza Cristina Correa da Costa, visited Indonesia, where the issue was part of the bilateral talks.
According to a statement released by the ministry Brazil’s application will be considered on June 24 at the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB).
The DSB will have to examine whether the Indonesians implemented the WTO conditions and will corroborate whether it continues to violate the agreement on sanitary and phytosanitary barriers by delaying, without justification, the health recognition of Brazilian exporters.
Under WTO rules, countries cannot indefinitely delay the granting of health permits.
In the first quarter of this year, Brazil exported 939,300 tons of chicken meat, a 7.6 percent drop over the same period in 2018, according to data from the Brazilian Animal Protein Association.
However, the government’s efforts to incentivize its commercialization have begun to bear fruit and in April India opened its market for Brazilian chicken.