The 12-month suspension of anti-dumping duties would distort the SA poultry industry and impact other agricultural industries such as maize.
South Africa’s wool industry has had a ruinous export ban lifted, but citrus producers are still fighting an EU rule that could spell disaster.
The European Commission says this season’s outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is the largest that Europe has experienced.
Are South African retailers using food price inflation to add in a bit extra and increase their profits?
Has South Africa done a deal with Brazil to suspend anti-dumping duties on dumped Brazilian chicken? And did South Africa assure Brazil that duties will never be imposed?
Ghana’s poultry industry was nearly destroyed by dumped imports. Now it is facing difficulties again, despite a very expensive plan to revive local production and create jobs.
Chicken is expected to play an even more important role in feeding cash-strapped South Africans over the next decade, increasing market share because it is more affordable than pork or beef.
While global food prices are dropping, South Africa’s food price inflation rate was 8.6% in June, and may not yet have peaked.
The Consumer Goods Council of SA (CGSA) obtained a temporary interdict to halt the government’s planned seizure of meat-free goods on retail shelves.
The world-wide move to stop chickens, and particularly egg layers, from being housed in cages will cost South Africa close to R5bn.
Tariffs of up to 265% were approved on Brazil’s dumped chicken imports. This shows the extent of the unfair competition and undercutting that South African poultry farmers face.
The suspension of anti-dumping duties puts 1000 jobs at risk in the Western Cape, according to the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU), which represents poultry sector workers.
Bird flu outbreaks are tapering off in the European summer, which could mean a resumption of chicken dumping to South Africa from EU countries.
Minister Patel has got his decisions on anti-dumping duties and VAT-free chicken the wrong way round.
Urgent talks have resulted in most of citrus shipments from South Africa being cleared to the EU, but officials are worried about future consignments.
South Africa’s wool industry faces an existential threat – the refusal by China, which takes most of South Africa’s wool clip, to accept further shipments.
Why do applications for tariff changes or anti-dumping duties take so long?
By Francois Baird: Anti-dumping duties are not protectionist and consumers don’t benefit from dumped imports. Allowing dumping to continue is wrong.
There’s been no shortage of reaction in the past week to the decision by the South African government to postpone anti-dumping duties on poultry imports.
On behalf of local poultry producers, the SA Poultry Association has taken an uncompromising stand against the decision to delay the imposition of anti-dumping duties.
The suspension of anti-dumping duties will have no effect on chicken prices, and a flood of dumped imports will damage the credibility of both Minister Patel and the master plan.
Despite the delay in implementing new anti-dumping duties, it’s now a proven fact that Brazil, Denmark, Ireland, Poland and Spain have been dumping chicken in South Africa.
Food price inflation is a global concern, and South African consumers may not see food prices dropping for some time.
Dumped imports of vehicle tyres are causing difficulty for local manufacture and job creation.
What did Senegal and Ivory Coast do to combat dumping and save their poultry industries? And what has the outcome been?
A major new research project has been launched in Britain to help scientists understand more about bird flu and how to combat it.
Chefs with Compassion succeeded for the third successive year in rallying hotels, restaurants, companies and cooks to produce a record 94 359 litres of soup.
Media statement: Minister Patel is inviting countries to dump chicken in South Africa. He should urgently reconsider his suspension of import duties.
The government’s failure to renew or replace temporary anti-dumping duties risks the substantial master plan progress that the poultry industry has made.
The South African egg industry has been put under pressure by a series of events beyond its control.
South Africa’s potato farmers have at last got some protection against dumped imports, but unfortunately it’s a year too late.
A plea has been made for the revival of a nutritious grain indigenous to Africa but in declining production: sorghum.