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chickensBusinessLive reports that an association of meat importers and exporters has warned of mass retrenchments in the food sector after the government announced a significant hike in poultry tariffs.  

Last week, the government gazetted tariff increases to 62% on bone-in chicken portions while boneless portions were raised to 42%.  SA’s poultry sector has shed thousands of jobs and blames its demise on cheap chicken imports from Brazil, the US and Europe.  But SA meat importers blame this on the lack of competitiveness in the local poultry industry.  The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) said on Tuesday that cash-strapped consumer were likely to pay about R4/kg more for chicken.  SA would also have to wait for the reaction of its Brics partners as well as the US to the increases, and there might be a drop in exports of many SA products.  The SA Poultry Association (Sapa), which represents local producers, said it was not true that the tariff hikes would lead to increased chicken prices and job losses.  Sapa’s Marthinus Stander said:  “We have a competitive local industry, there are 110,000 jobs and the aim of tariffs is to level the playing field and create more local jobs.  Hiking tariffs may well lead to job losses within the importers part of the industry, but, overall, more jobs will be created within the broader local industry.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bekezela Phakathi at BusinessLive


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