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Malaysia Won WTO Complaint about Palm Oil Biodiesel Discriminatory

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Malaysia Won WTO Complaint about Palm Oil Biodiesel Discriminatory

InfoSAWIT, KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia won the case about palm oil discriminatory against European Union that was sentenced by World Trade Organization (WTO).

In the official statement, Minister of Commodity and Plantation Industry, Malaysia, Johari Abdul Ghani announced that European Union agreed with what WTO regulated before banning biofuel distribution that derived from Malaysia in Putrajaya on last Wednesday.

The Government of Malaysia, Ghani continued, would closely watch every change that European Union would do about the regulation to confirm the adjustment as what WTO finds and would rush for obedience if it is needed.

He also emphasized that Malaysia is fully committed to defend every biofuel stakeholder’s interests that use palm oil, would fight for every trade obstacle and discrimination.

On Tuesday (5/3), WTO panel announced the Final Report by concluding that European Union regulation that restricts biofuel in palm oil – base is discrimination.

The sentence of WTO validated the claim of Malaysia about discrimination that showed the efforts of the country to maintain fairness for traders, companies, and employees that involve in biofuel production in palm oil – base, he said, as quoted from Antara, Friday (8/3/2024).

He continued the Final Report of WTO clearly found the mistake in European Union regulation about criteria of indirect land use change (ILUC) to ban biofuel from palm oil. The report also revealed the weakness of approach in European Union regulation in the communication and consultation with other countries when formulating new trade regulation. (T2)