Chairman of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Grains, Legumes and Vegetable Oils Turkey, Turgay Unlu expressed their objection to the relevant officials in Indonesia happenings imposition of an additional duty of 20 percent flour. According to him, the charges are not inconsistent with the requirements of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Unlu said, the Turks had consulted with international law expert Edwin Vermulst about this. According to him, based on ongoing investigations, the imposition of levies ‘safeguard’ is contrary to the provisions of the WTO. “There is no legal basis to impose safeguard measures,” Unlu said in a press release Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
According Unlu, Turkey is now considering taking the issue to the WTO. “We believe if the case is analyzed by a panel of the WTO, the WTO will reject it,” he said.
Unlu hope, Indonesia as a democracy continue to comply with international trade laws and regulations. “We are concerned only damage bilateral relations between Turkey and Indonesia that are good for this,” he said.
Unlu also rejected allegations that the Turkish wheat flour producers get a competitive price for the Turkish government gives subsidies to grain producers. “These are false accusations and irrelevant,” he said.
Because, says Unlu, Turkey has a system of inward processing in the country or where the exporter to import wheat flour best quality and competitive prices from anywhere in the world with the condition will export the final product. Therefore, the Turkish government subsidies to domestic farmers have nothing to do at all with the price and operational flour Turkish exporters.
As is known, the Ministry of Trade of Indonesia has decided to impose import duty Precautions While (BMTPS) by 20 percent as a form of trade protection while on the import of wheat flour starting from December 5, 2012. Previously, the Association of Indonesian Flour flour serbian expressed objections to Turkey in August of the same year.