Indonesian palm oil has been blamed for deforestation, transcontinental smog, greenhouse gas emissions, forced evictions, child labour and modern day slavery. But if the EU imposes punitive duties on it before 2014, it will be for tax reasons.
Europe imports almost a quarter of its biodiesel and 90% of that comes from two countries – Indonesia and Argentina – which both operate differential export tax (DET) regimes that the EU says make raw materials more expensive than the finished product.
Tags: soybean, EU industries, EU legislation, ILUC, environmental destruction, plantations, anti-subsidy committee, exports, agricultural systems
Source: EurActiv, 2013-07-26.