US frozen chicken portions have arrived in SA

By Drum Digital
03 March 2016

On Friday, the first shipment of poultry (frozen chicken legs) arrived at the Port of Durban and was cleared by the Port Health Authorities.

By Ayanda Sitole

The Department of Trade and Industry has announced that they have concluded the negotiations on poultry, beef and pork with the United States, bringing to a close several months of discussions with the United States on the terms required to secure its position in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for the next 10 years.

On Friday, the first shipment of poultry (frozen chicken legs) arrived at the Port of Durban and was cleared by the Port Health Authorities.

The products will be placed on South Africa’s retail shelves before the deadline of 15  March 2016, which is the final benchmark set by President Barack Obama.

“The US Trade Representative, Ambassador Michael Froman has communicated his satisfaction to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies.  Froman has indicated that he will recommend that President Obama lift the threat of suspension of South Africa’s agricultural concessions under AGOA,” says Sidwell Medupe, the department’s pokesperson

“AGOA is a preferential trade arrangement that creates opportunities for many sectors in South Africa to access the United States market. South Africa and the United States have already begun to work together to facilitate access to the import quota on chicken legs to newly emerging business from previously disadvantaged communities,” he adds.

Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies says the process of discussing market access for SA products to the US is continuing.

“In addition, discussions are under way to facilitate exports of SA products to the US in a number of products including chicken breast, ostrich meat, avocados and mangoes,” he says.

“The progress has already been registered with SA litchis accessing the US market at the beginning of 2016. The understandings reached will also create new opportunities to deepen the trade and investment relation between the US, South Africa and the African Continent as a whole.”

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