Indonesia's Minister of Trade says the European Union has offered reduced import duties for Indonesian textile products in an attempt to relieve the effects of the tsunami earthquake disaster.

According to Bisnis Indonesia, Mari Pangestu said that the facility, made under the EU's generalised system of preferences (GSP), was unveiled by officials during a recent ministerial meeting in Paris.

"The offer is within in the context of post-tsunami recovery aid," Pangestu said, adding that details of the facility need to be discussed further.

The European Commission announced last week that it is "seeking trade measures" to help businesses affected by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

The effects of the tsunami have added to fears that Indonesia and other developing countries may see their textile industries flounder after quotas expired at the start of 2005, allowing countries such as China to gain an even bigger hold on the market.