South Africa to consider EU poultry-import safeguard steps
South Africa is considering safeguard measures on imports of frozen bone-in portions of chicken from European Union member states. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has instructed the nation's International Trade Administration Commission to investigate an application by the South African Poultry Association to impose measures in terms of article 16 of an agreement on trade, development and cooperation with the EU, ITAC said in the Government Gazette on Friday.
The section states that if imports of products cause or threaten to cause disturbance in the markets of the other party, the Cooperation Council, which oversees the implementation of the trade deal, will consider the matter to find a solution. The imports of bone-in chicken portions "from the EU are threatening to cause a serious disturbance in the South African market," SAPA said, according to the Government Gazette.