SOUTH Africa's European trading partners – Germany‚ the Netherlands and the UK – are being investigated by the International Trade Administration Commission for alleged dumping of frozen bone-in chicken portions.
The investigation follows the recent increase of import duties on five categories of imported chicken products. The new tariffs have already been introduced‚ but did not apply to imports from the European Union (EU)‚ with which South Africa has a trade and cooperation agreement.
The South African Poultry Association has‚ however‚ brought an application against European poultry producers and exporters‚ claiming they are dumping their products in the South African Customs Union (Sacu) countries.
XA International Trade Advisers director Donald MacKay said on Monday that it seemed as if the Poultry Association was determined to close the market for chicken imports.
"Importers have become quite fatigued by the frequency of the applications‚ but will go to battle again. They expected the application‚ but exporters are a bit more surprised and quite concerned."
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies last month defended the overall average tariff increase of 8.75 percentage points on chicken imports‚ and said it did not constitute protectionism. – BDlive