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WT/DS592 - Indonesia - Export restrictions on raw materials for the production of stainless steel and subsidies for new industries

WTO dispute settlement case - Launched by the EU

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Summary of the case

  • Complaint by: EU
  • Complaint against: Indonesia
  • Third parties: No third party

The European Union is challenging certain restrictions imposed by Indonesia on exports of raw materials necessary for the production of stainless steel, notably nickel but also scraps, coal and coke, iron ore and chromium.

The measures at issue include a prohibition to export as well as domestic processing requirements, domestic marketing obligations and export licensing procedures and requirements.

The EU is also challenging cross-sectoral import duty exemption schemes for new industries contingent upon the use of domestic over imported equipment.

Relevant WTO provision: Article XI:I of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT 1994).


On 22 November 2019, the European Union requested consultations with Indonesia concerning, inter alia, export restrictions on certain raw materials necessary for the production of stainless steel.

On 22 February 2021, the panel was established.

  • Consultations requested: 22 November 2019


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