Brazil has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) secretariat of a request for consultations with Indonesia regarding certain measures imposed by the latter on imports of chicken meat and chicken products.

According to Brazil, the Indonesian measures in question effectively prohibit Brazilian chicken meat and chicken products from entering the Indonesian market.

The measures appear to be inconsistent with Indonesia’s obligations under the WTO’s Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, the Agreement on Agriculture, the Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures, the Agreement on Preshipment Inspection, and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994, Brazil argues.

The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. The two parties now have the opportunity to discuss the matter and to find a satisfactory solution without proceeding further with litigation. If, after 60 days, the consultations have failed to resolve the dispute, Brazil may request adjudication by panel.