Following government regulations – published earlier this year
– allowing for an annual quota of 65 000 metric tonnes of bone-in poultry portions not subjected to anti-dumping duties from the United States (US), the International Trade Administration Commission (Itac) has been asked to impose protection measures on frozen bone-in portions of chicken from European Union (EU) member states.
A notice published in the Government Gazette pointed out that the Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, had instructed Itac to investigate an application by the South African Poultry Association (Sapa) to impose measures in terms of article 16 of an agreement on trade, development and cooperation with the EU.
“The imports of bone-in chicken portions from the EU are threatening to cause a serious disturbance in the South African market,” Sapa said in its application.
Anti-dumping duties of between 3.9% and 73.3% were imposed on imports of frozen bone-in chicken from some companies in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom