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Indonesia export to EU tend to decrease

Friday September 29, 2006
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Sept 2, 2006 - ANTARA News
Indonesia export to EU tend to decrease

Surabaya, East Java (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s exports to European Union countries have tended to decrease due to several troubling issues such as dumping, and those concerning the environment and product standards.

"The issues have affected Indonesia`s exports. In 2001, exports to the EU reached 0.47 percent, and in 2004 only 0.39 percent of the EU`s total commodity imports," said Ernawati S Taufiq, Program Director of the Trade Support Programme (TSP) concurrently Secretary to the Trade Development and Research Bureau of the Trade Ministry.

Speaking on the sidelines of a Workshop on Europe-Indonesia Trade Support Programme, she said that the total value of Indonesia`s exports to the European Union was around US$10.2 billion, while its imports from EU countries was recorded at US$1.6 million.

The European Union has provided technical assistance to the Indonesian government for the setting up of TSP.

The Trade Support Program run by the Indonesian trade ministry was aimed at boosting trade relations between Indonesia and European Union member countries by improving product quality standard of commodities, especially food and fishery products, to be exported to the EU.

The TSP also helps develop the capacity building of personnel involved in the system.

"The TSP programs are focused on reducing obstacles which could hamper Indonesian exports to the EU markets," she said. (*)

source: ANTARA News, retrieved from