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SA: Anti-dumping duties on poultry from Germany, UK, NL

The South African Poultry Association has welcomed the recommendation for the renewal of anti-dumping duties on imports of bone-in chicken from Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.
The ITAC recommendation is for a continuation of existing anti-dumping duties on bone-in imports from these countries for a further 5 years. Photo: lifeforstock
The ITAC recommendation is for a continuation of existing anti-dumping duties on bone-in imports from these countries for a further 5 years. Photo: lifeforstock

The determination by the independent International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) found that dumping by the 3 countries had continued. The ruling follows an application by the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) for the renewal of anti-dumping duties which were first imposed in 2015, as reported by Poultry World. These duties were set to expire in 2020, but SAPA applied for what is known as a sunset review.

Sanctions will apply to all but 4 producers

The ITAC recommendation is for a continuation of existing anti-dumping duties on bone-in imports from these countries for a further 5 years – 30.09% on chicken from the UK, 22.81% on chicken from the Netherlands and 73.33% on chicken from Germany. The sanctions will apply to all producers in the 3 countries except 3 producers in the UK and 1 in the Netherlands, because, according to a SAPA press release, “its investigation did not show a likelihood that they would continue dumping”.

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“The poultry industry [in South Africa] faces the prospect of renewed dumping, with damage to the local industry, slower transformation and a loss of jobs, if the duties are not renewed. This will be disastrous,” said Izaak Breitenbach, head of the broiler division at SAPA.