South African Poultry Association said it welcomes the recommendation for the renewal of anti-dumping duties on imports of bone-in chicken from Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
The determination by the independent International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) found that dumping by the three countries had continued.
The ITAC ruling follows an application by the SA Poultry Association (SAPA) for the renewal of anti- dumping duties which were first imposed in 2015. They were set to expire in 2020, but SAPA applied for what is known as a sunset review.
“The ITAC recommendation is for a continuation of existing anti-dumping duties on bone-in imports from these countries for a further five years – 30.09% on chicken from the UK, 22.81% on chicken from the Netherlands and 73.33% on chicken from Germany.
“It found that, should the anti-dumping duties be removed, that there was a likelihood that dumping would continue, causing material harm to the local poultry industry. The sanctions will apply to all producers in the three countries except three producers in the UK and one in the Netherlands, because its investigation did not show a likelihood that they would continue dumping.
“We are delighted that ITAC has upheld our application for a renewal of these anti-dumping duties,” said Izaak Breitenbach, head of the broiler division at SAPA.
“This will secure economic growth and job creation for the people of South Africa.
“The poultry industry faces the prospect of renewed dumping, with damage to the local industry, slower transformation and a loss of jobs, if the duties are not renewed. This will be disastrous, with loss of revenue, profits and market share when the industry is already under severe pressure,” Breitenbach said.