Indonesia Blocks EU Spirits, Link Seen To Palm Oil Spat: Industry
European spirits makers say they are facing difficulties exporting drinks to Indonesia amid tension after Jakarta said it was unhappy with an EU decision that palm oil should not be considered a green fuel.
SpiritsEurope, which represents major European spirits makers and national associations, said on Thursday it had learnt from members with business in Indonesia that they were suffering delays in securing approval to import EU products into the country.
Indonesia regulates imports of alcohol through an annual import and distribution plan.
Spirits makers were finding that non-EU products, such as tequila, were securing approval, but EU-origin products were not, an industry source said.
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