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chickensBL Premium reports that an organisation representing local meat importers and exporters warned on Wednesday that hiking tariffs on poultry imports from the US and Brazil would lead to further job losses in SA and an increase in chicken prices.  

“Considering the weak economy, high unemployment and the increasingly straitened circumstances that most South Africans find themselves in, this would be terrible news for consumers,” Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) CEO Paul Matthew said.  He pointed out that studies have shown that domestic production was unlikely to increase to levels that would meet the gap most likely to be opened by an increase in trade protection.  This would result in consumers having to pay more for chicken, meaning that greater protection could lead to a jobs bloodbath and negatively affect GDP and the economy.  SA is expected to hike tariffs on poultry imports shortly after an application was made by the SA Poultry Association (Sapa), an organisation that represents commercial broiler producers and associated breeder farmers.  Trade & industry minister Ebrahim Patel agreed to the new levies late in 2019 and the measure will apparently soon be made official.  The poultry industry employs about 110,000 people, but it has shed thousands of jobs and blames its demise on cheap chicken imports from Brazil, the US and Europe.  This has brought it into conflict with meat importers who blame the lack of competitiveness of the local poultry industry for its woes.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bekezela Phakathi at BusinessLive (paywall access only)


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