Thai producers worried about EU chicken quota
Thai chicken producers are worried that the European
Union's new low chicken import quota will have a significant impact on the
country's poultry industry.
The EU is Thailand's second largest import market after Japan.
While the European Commission
has not yet confirmed its allocation for
Thailand specifically (this is expected to happen at a meeting this month) last
week it settled on a total chicken import quota for salted chicken (264,245
tonnes) and cooked chicken (230,453 tonnes).
Salted chicken will be taxed at a rate of 15.4%, and cooked chicken at
10.9%. Any volume over the quota will be taxed at 1,300 euros and 1,024 euros
per tonne respectively.
After Brazil's allocation, Thailand will be left with a maximum quota of
around 150,000 tonnes for cooked chicken.
Given the current rate of growth of cooked chicken exports of 30-40% per
year, the quota allocation from the EU should be 200,000 tonnes per year, he
Mr Anan said that about 60 companies in Thailand had total capacity to
produce 500,000 tonnes of cooked chicken a year.
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