First US poultry shipment in SA marks end of 'chicken wars'

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The arrival of US poultry in South Africa marks the end of a 15-year ban on US chicken imports. (Supplied)
The arrival of US poultry in South Africa marks the end of a 15-year ban on US chicken imports. (Supplied)

Cape Town - The arrival of the first shipment of US chicken in South Africa on Monday marked the resolution of a long-standing stalemate between South Africa and the US over poultry imports.   

Dubbed the 'chicken wars', the issue of South Africa's removal of barriers to US poultry imports threatened to derail the country's participation in the US African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).

Agoa, renewed by US lawmakers in June, eliminates import levies on more than 7 000 products ranging from textiles to manufactured items and benefits 39 sub-Saharan African nations.

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