By Kaya 959 News
South Africans may soon need to dig deeper into their pockets to buy poultry products.
The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (Amie) says this will be the case if a proposed anti-dumping tariff comes into effect.
An anti-dumping duty is a protection tariff that a government imposes on some foreign imports.
The association says this may not be the best solution because consumers are already paying more for chicken.
Consumers have been paying R13,43 more for chicken portions compared to last year.
CEO of Amie, Paul Matthews, says the anti-dumping tariff will cost consumers.
“For the South African consumer who is battling, especially in the last year or so, has to pay out more, and that what it is.
“And now the industry is calling for an anti-dumping tariff. Surely, if that goes through then obviously there is more to add on to your chicken at the end of the month.”
Sapa takes action against poultry dumping
The SA Poultry Association (Sapa) announced in February that it would apply for anti-dumping duties on imported chicken.
The duties would apply to chicken imported from Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Poland, and Brazil.
Sapa accused the countries of dumping frozen chicken portions into the SA market. This, it says, impacted local producers negatively.
Sapa said the unfair competition would also result in job losses.
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