Indonesia pushes for Australia to import more palm oil and paper

March 6, 2017: Indonesia is pushing for Australia to import more palm oil and paper products as negotiations for a bilateral deal continue.

Palm oil is controversial for environmental and conservation reasons: its production often leads to deforestation and the loss of orangutan habitat.

Paper is also controversial because countries including Indonesia have been accused of “dumping” paper products in Australia. This is a deliberate strategy to export products at prices below their real costs and so undercut local producers. 

Indonesia and Australia aim to finish negotiations this year.

Read more in the Sydney Morning Herald here.

Find out more about the Indonesia-Australia FTA here.

Pic: Deforestation in Indonesia