New tariff on imported chicken welcomed

2020-02-20 06:00

THE South African Poultry Association has responded positively to the announcement by President Cyrl Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address that the new tariff on imported chicken, to curb the unfair component of international trade, will be set within two weeks.

Izaak Breitenbach, GM of SAPA’s Broiler Organisation in a media statement said, “Since the Poultry Industry Master Plan was signed in November last year, a number of steps have been taken towards implementation by both government and the poultry industry, and it is great to be able to confirm that the ball is rolling.

“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 Breitenbach.

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