In terms of the Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement of 2004 between South Africa and the European Union (EU), chicken can be imported duty-free.
However, the South African Poultry Association is no longer pleased with this agreement. They have asked the International Trade Administration Commission to impose an agricultural safeguard on some European chicken products that can enter the domestic market duty-free.
According to David Wolpert, CEO of the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters SA, prices would rise by 25% to 37% if a safeguard is imposed.
We foresee another price increase around the corner if this is actually successful, coming on top of drought and currency induced food prices increases, this would be a terrible blow to already hard pressed consumers.— David Wolpert, CEO of the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters SA
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