Background 2 commentsupdate:Mar 9, 2016

SAPA demonises US poultry industry, says USDA

According to the United States Department of Foreign Agricultural Service, the South African Poultry Association is mounting a press offense against the US in order to maintain antidumping duties against US poultry products.

USDA says that South African Poultry Association Executive Director Kevin Lovell 'demonises' the US poultry industry.

The United States Congress passed the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) in 2000 allowing preferential duty free access for goods produced in South Africa and neighboring countries. AGOA is now up for renewal before the US Congress, and South African treatment of US poultry imports has become an issue in the congressional debate over renewal, since congressional critics are now asking whether South Africa meets the basic criteria since the country "has been imposing antidumping duties on US poultry since 2001 preventing most imports from the United States."

'Protectionist rhetoric'

USDA states: "In an extensive round of media and press interviews, South African Poultry Association (SAPA) Executive Director Kevin Lovell has resorted to trade protectionist rhetoric to try to convince the people of South Africa that continued imposition of punitive antidumping duties against US poultry products are somehow good for South Africa. Lovell has demonized the US poultry industry, and recently has even begun to disparage US provision of preferential duties to South African goods under the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) pursuant to which South Africa sells several billion dollars in good annually to the US market."

United States a "bully"

The South African government has urged to negotiate a settlement to the longstanding antidumping case, continues USDA. "However, it appears that in place of negotiating with the US poultry industry, Mr. Lovell is attempting to insulate his industry from having to make any concessions in the discussions surrounding renewal of AGOA. Recently, Mr. Lovell has begun calling the United States a 'bully' because it wants fair access to the South African market for US poultry products. Mr. Lovell's name-calling is particularly inappropriate given the fact that the United States permits 40 percent of the products it imports from South Africa to enter duty free under AGOA and GSP."

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  • Peter Chrystal

    If the USA has only 40% duty free imports from South Africa, does this imply that 60% does attract a duty? There may well be something in Mr Lovell's claims. If the cheaper hind-quarter cuts of chicken are sold into South Africa why is there not a reciprocal agreement to import chicken breast meat from South Africa. The article is selective and doesn't cover the complex issue adequately.

  • ZB Mr Coetzee

    I contend that unfettered imports of USA chicken leg quarters into RSA will virtually elliminate the RSA Broiler market. The quantums of relative industry and markets sizes prove this. If for the sake of gaining a minor market for unwanted USA cuts, the US is willing to elliminate a whole industry, including much needed job opertunities in a developing country, what else can it be called? - and the reward is selective duty free exports into USA, which bears little positive consequence for the RSA poultry industry.
    According to economcs writer Prof Sampi Terreblance, a form of economic imperialism may be developing around the major economic power. Could this rather be the correct term to use? Or is the aim to close down the total RSA industry and colonise the market in its entirety? So the aim [ or ununtended consequence,] may be even higher than only leg quarter supply.
    To argue that it would represent cheap food for the hungry masses does not hold as importers sell at the highest price that the market would allow them. This is just below the going rate domestically.
    Indeed the RSA poultry industry will be the final loosers in this zero sum equation.

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