Jan 13 (Reuters) – Malaysia mentioned on Thursday it may halt exports to the European Union in response to a brand new regulation the EU says goals to guard forests by limiting palm oil imports.
The EU has launched a number of guidelines in recent times to manage palm imports after its cultivation has resulted in extreme deforestation, prompting an outcry from high producers Indonesia and Malaysia.
Here is a timeline of the rising tensions between Asian palm oil producers and the EU over the matter.
5 APRIL 2017
Malaysia is voicing its issues after EU lawmakers name for better controls on palm and different vegetable oils utilized in biofuels to stop the bloc’s post-2020 renewable transport targets from contributing to deforestation.
14 JUNE 2017
EU negotiators have agreed to section out the usage of palm oil in transport fuels from 2030. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, which produce the vast majority of palm oil imported into Europe, had beforehand warned that they might retaliate towards what they referred to as protectionist measures if a ban was launched.
3 NOV. 2017
Indonesia says it could block milk powder imports from the EU if the bloc pushed by means of a decision to restrict palm oil imports.
16 APRIL 2018
British grocery store chain Iceland says it will take away palm oil from its own-brand meals attributable to issues over rainforest destruction. The Council of Palm Oil Producing International locations (CPOPC), led by Indonesia and Malaysia, says claims by Iceland misled shoppers concerning the environmental advantages of different vegetable oils.
13 MARCH 2019
The European Fee concludes that palm oil cultivation ends in extreme deforestation and the usage of dangerous biofuels, together with palm oil, ought to be restricted till 2023 and phased out by 2030.
DECEMBER 16 2019
Indonesia is submitting a case on the World Commerce Group (WTO) towards the EU, claiming the bloc’s restrictions on palm oil-based biofuel have been unfair.
7 FEB. 2020
Indonesia and Malaysia accuse the EU of discriminating towards palm oil underneath a plan to introduce new limits on ranges of meals contaminants generally known as 3-MCPD esters present in refined oils and fat. The CPOPC questions the EU’s choice to introduce a decrease restrict for palm oil in comparison with different vegetable oils.
17 JULY 2020
CPOPC affords to work with the European Fee to draft guidelines for the EU’s “Farm to Fork” meals provide coverage geared toward making a sustainable provide chain.
19 JAN 2021
Malaysia is submitting a WTO criticism towards the EU and its member states France and Lithuania to limit palm oil-based biofuels.
DECEMBER 6 2022
The EU agrees on a brand new regulation which is able to ban the sale of palm oil and different commodities linked to deforestation, except importers can present that the manufacturing of their particular items has not harmed forests.
9 JAN 2023
Indonesia and Malaysia conform to work collectively and strengthen cooperation to fight palm oil discrimination.
12 JAN 2023
Malaysia says it could cease palm oil exports to the EU in response to the brand new deforestation regulation introduced in December. The EU’s ambassador to Malaysia says the bloc doesn’t ban imports of palm oil from the nation and that the regulation applies equally to commodities produced wherever, together with in EU member states.
Reporting by Matthew Chye; Enhancing by Mei Mei Chu and Tom Hogue
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