Both members allege that the measures imposed by Indonesia restrict their exports and appear to be inconsistent with several articles of GATT 1994, the Agriculture Agreement, the Import Licensing Agreement and the Agreement on Pre-shipment Inspection.
They refer to the application of discretionary or non-automatic import licences and quotas, import restrictions, pre-shipment inspections that cause delays and are applied on a discriminatory basis, and less favourable treatment of imported products than of “like” domestic products.
What is a request for consultations?
The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter and to find a satisfactory solution without proceeding further with litigation. After 60 days, if consultations have failed to resolve the dispute, the complainant may request adjudication by a panel.