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in­di­rect em­ploy­ment through Agoa in the US. How­ever, with US com­pa­nies hav­ing to plan in ad­vance to en­sure their prod­ucts will make it to their stores in time, the un­cer­tainty about its po­ten­tial ex­pi­ra­tion in Septem­ber could po­ten­tially lead to ex­ten­sive losses as fears around plac­ing or­ders is ev­i­dent.

An­other is­sue to re­cently hit the me­dia has been the Agoa row be­tween the US and SA around the chicken trade. The US has com­plained that SA has been shut­ting them out by plac­ing tar­iffs on US chick­ens while still en­joy­ing the benefits of Agoa which al­lows SA to ex­port wine, luxury cars and other goods to the US. SA feels that th­ese du­ties are law­ful and that it should be taken to the World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion for res­o­lu­tion. SA’s poul­try in­dus­try is cur­rently ne­go­ti­at­ing with the US on al­low­ing a quota of their dumped chick­ens, which would ex­clude anti-dump­ing du­ties, into the South African mar­ket. The US is chal­leng­ing SA’s dump­ing du­ties.

Pic­ture: THINKSTOCK

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