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South Africa plans increased tariffs for US, Brazil poultry


That could bring relief for the local producers as the food-service sector is migrating to cheaper imports.

Posted on Mar 03 ,08:25

South Africa plans increased tariffs for US, Brazil poultry

South Africa plans to raise tariffs on US and Brazil poultry imports to support local producers, according to Capetown ETC newspaper. In mid-February, officials have mentioned that a new set of tariffs may apply soon for poultry products imported from the US and Brazil, as the local industry is threatened by the cheap prices of those items. The South African poultry industry offers 54,000 jobs for the inhabitants and could add some more if protected against cheap imports, according to the South Africa Poultry Association (SAPA).
“We trust that the tariff will be set at an appropriate level to bring the much-needed relief from unfair trade to South Africa’s chicken producers who have been battling to compete in a trade environment that has favoured unfair imports. Not all imports are unfairly traded and our poultry industry can compete with Brazil, the US and the EU on an equal playing field, which the tariff should ensure,” said Izaak Breitenbach, GM of SAPA’s Broiler Organisation in a statement.
Poultry imports from the EU will not be hit by these new tariffs as the two parts have signed a free-trade agreement. Experts are expecting tariffs to be set at 45% for the measure not to have an influence on prices. Currently, tariffs are 12% for boneless chicken and 37% for frozen bone-in pieces. In the last two years, South Africa has imported almost 400,000 tonnes of poultry per year.

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