The International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) has implemented provisional anti- dumping duties against Brazil (up to 265.1%), Ireland (up to 158.4%), Poland (up to 96.9%), Denmark (up to 158.42%), and Spain (up to 85%) with immediate effect.
The anti-dumping duties will remain in place until June 2022, at which point ITAC may choose to implement these duties permanently following an investigation and review of all submissions from relevant parties.
Aziz Sulliman, chairperson of the South African Poultry Association said South Africa’s poultry industry has been plagued by the long-term impact and challenges posed by the dumping of chicken into our market.
“This has been devastating to South African producers. Our spirits are buoyed by this announcement as the industry has highlighted this problem for many years, and at least has now been vindicated by ITAC’s findings. It’s a positive step toward curbing illegal trade, which is great news for the poultry industry and r South Africa,” says Sulliman..
Suliman said that ITAC has taken note of widespread dumping in the evidence presented by stakeholders following an application for the anti-dumping duties lodged in February 2021. In its findings, ITAC listed a causal relationship between dumping and material injury to the local industry.
The provisional duties apply to bone-in chicken imports (drumsticks, thighs, and leg quarters) from the four European Union exporters, while the provisional duties for Brazil apply both to its bone-in chicken portions as well as its chicken breasts.
Suliman concluded that the Association believes that ITAC has made the right decision by instituting these preliminary duties to reduce, and ultimately remove, the unfair trade elements plaguing the local industry.
“Not only will this curb a substantial degree of unfair competition, but it also provides the poultry sector a balanced opportunity to grow in accordance with the objectives set out in the master plan,” he said.