Poul­try in­dus­try “Pa­tri­otic” in AGOA re­newal

The Poultry Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE -

The out of cy­cle re­view of the AGOA has reached a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion, with ne­go­tia­tors agree­ing on the finer de­tails of the out­stand­ing is­sues re­lat­ing to Phy­tosan­i­tary and dis­ease pro­to­cols. This will en­sure the coun­try’s con­tin­ued par­tic­i­pa­tion in the multi-bil­lion Rand trade deal. How­ever, South Africa’s con­tin­ued duty-free ac­cess for agri­cul­tural prod­ucts is con­di­tional on the coun­try demon­strat­ing that it is im­ple­ment­ing the agree­ment re­lat­ing to im­ports of poul­try, pork and beef.

Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Rob Davies sin­gled out SAPA and the lo­cal poul­try in­dus­try for praise, say­ing that even though the in­dus­try had noth­ing to gain from the AGOA re­newal specif­i­cally, they had agreed to 65,000 tons of US poul­try im­ports free of anti-dump­ing du­ties in the na­tional in­ter­est.

“We are ex­pect­ing that South Africa will par­tic­i­pate in AGOA for free trade flows with­out any prob­lem,” said Davies, adding that ship­ments of poul­try as well as beef and pork would be closely mon­i­tored at the port of en­try to en­sure that meat im­ports are free of con­tam­i­na­tion.

The first im­ports of US poul­try un­der the agree­ment are ex­pected to ar­rive in South Africa well be­fore the 15 March 2016 dead­line.¡

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