Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said that the United States has made the decision on August 2nd to exempt 19 Indonesian steel products, namely carbon and alloy and stainless steels, from its 25 percent tariffs,
He said “Apart from trying to convince the US government, we also sought support from business communities, particularly from the importers of the Indonesian steel products. Mission was to convince the US government that Indonesia still deserved to be part of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). We were trying to convince the US government that Indonesia still deserves to be part of the GSP because the characteristics of Indonesian products were different from those produced in the US.”
Trade Ministry international trade director general Oke Nurman said 12 Indonesian steel products with a total volume of 336,688 tons annually were still seeking exemption from the US. He said the Indonesian government would continue to communicate with the US. “Direct contact with trade partners like the US is important, particularly amid the ongoing trade war,” he added.
Source : THE JAKARTA POST
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