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  • Indonesia Files Complaint to WTO over Australia’s Plain Packaging Act

    Indonesia and four other countries have filed an official complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over a recent new law in Australia. This law (‘2011 Tobacco Plain Packaging Act’), in effect since 1 December 2012, requires the removal of all branding (such as colours, imagery, and corporate logos) on cigarette packages. Indonesia’s Trade Ministry believes that the law violates several WTO rules, such as an agreement on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights and an agreement on the technical barriers to trade.

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  • Indonesia to Challenge EU’s Palm Oil Derivative Anti-Dumping Measures

    Indonesia is expected to challenge the anti-dumping measures on fatty alcohol - set by the European Union (EU) - at the World Trade Organization (WTO) as bilateral meetings have not led to the desired outcome. Recently, two Indonesian companies (Musim Mas and Ecogreen Oleochemicals) were forced by the EU to pay anti-dumping duties as these companies sold fatty alcohol at prices that were lower than those in the EU. Fatty Alcohol is made from palm kernel oil (a palm oil derivative) and are used in a wide variety of personal care products.

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  • BANI vs SIAC: Indonesian or International Arbitration

    BANI vs SIAC: Indonesian or International Arbitration

    Indonesia recognizes both Indonesian arbitration decisions and international arbitration decisions. For Indonesian arbitration, contract parties generally choose BANI (Badan Arbitrasi Nasional Indonesia) to resolve their disputes as it is Indonesia’s primary arbitration institution. For international arbitration contracts parties in Indonesia often seek to resolve their disputes through SIAC (Singapore International Arbitration Centre), due to its convenient geographic location and its outstanding reputation.

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