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South Africa imposes new levy on poultry meat

South Africa has imposed a new, temporary import levy of 13.9% on frozen, on the bone poultry meat from the European Union. The new levy is imposed until the 3rd of July 2017.

South Africa is the most important export destination for poultry meat from the European Union. Up to and including October 2016, 17.4% of the total export to third countries went to South Africa. South African poultry organisations had urged their government for measures to decrease import, partly because much poultry meat from the United States and Brazil enters the country. At the beginning of 2016, the organisations requested the South African International Trading Administration Commission to take measures against import.

Dutch poultry sector dissatisfied with levy

For Dutch exporters, the levy superimposed the already effective import levy of 23.8%, according to Nepluvi chairman Gert-Jan Oplaat. The levy also replaced individual levies for different slaughterhouses (that were set at 0% for some of them). Oplaat calls the situation ‘unpleasant’ and is very dissatisfied about the new levies. Export of Dutch poultry meat to South Africa was already banned because of the outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, as was poultry meat from other European countries where poultry farms are infected.

Avec lobbies against levy

The European alliance Avec is lobbying against the levy, for example through the European Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The European poultry industry has been denying ‘dumping’ for years, which is the only reason why South Africa can impose duties on poultry meat, because of the trade agreement it has with the EU.


  • Cesar A. Lopes

    Well, friends...what about the subsidies given to EU producers for such a long time made them stronger and more competitive? Now the subsidies were withdrawn but what was the negative effects for other Countries such as S. Africa. These subsidies sthernghted European production for so many years and now the inpact are still felt by other Countries.

  • D.A. Ali

    The rapid spread of H5N8 in Europe is a most worrying situation and importing countries must take whatever steps are necessary to protect and defend their poultry industries. I am surprised that South Africa (and other countries that import from the EU) have not completely banned the import of poultry from the EU until there is clearance from the OIE that the virus has been completely eliminated from EU flocks. We need to be much more proactive in dealing with poultry products from states that have HPAI infections.

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