Fears about Minister Dlodlo weren't unfounded. Six months into the job, she's been accused of issuing illegal interception orders, writes Adriaan Basson.
According to a statement released by the association, government and its import tariff adjudication body are yielding to calls for a tariff increase on chicken product imports.
The South African Poultry Association has applied to the International Trade Administration Commission for an 82% tariff increase, saying that local producers cannot compete with dumping from the international market.
In response to Julius Malema's urging for a 50% tariff on poultry imports, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies says a committee is examining the industry's challenges.
A proposal by local producers to impose anti-dumping tariffs on chicken cuts is a ploy to boost prices, says the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters.
Minister of Trade Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel acknowledged that striking the balance between preserving the local industry and keeping poultry affordable could prove challenging.
Minister Rob Davies said on Wednesday that he endorsed the recommendation that import duties on sugar should be increased to $680/ton.
The local poultry industry says it is a relief that anti-dumping duties have been applied to imports of frozen chicken from the Netherlands, Germany and the UK.
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