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South African Union Asks for EU, Brazil Chicken-Import Tariffs

Members of South Africa’s Food and Allied Workers Union staged a march today and asked the country’s Trade and Industry Ministry to impose tariffs on chicken imports from the European Union and Brazil.

About 400 people participated in the march in Pretoria, the capital, to hand in a memorandum about the fees, Katishi Masemola, the union’s general secretary, said by phone.

“The point we are making is for more, faster action to be taken,” Masemola said. “We are creating more of a sense of urgency. Our industry is threatened.”

South Africa imposed additional anti-dumping duties of 6 percent to 63 percent from February to August last year on some chicken cuts imported from Brazil. The Latin American country filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization.

Trade Minister Rob Davies in December decided not to impose anti-dumping duties on whole birds and boneless cuts from Brazil and instead said there was scope to raise general tariffs for shipments, Business Day reported on Dec. 27.

The South African Poultry Association has applied to the country’s International Trade Administration Commission to impose a general tariff and has asked for anti-dumping protection from EU shipments under World Trade Organisation rules, the Johannesburg-based newspaper reported today, citing the association’s chief executive officer, Kevin Lovell.

Industry stakeholders met about three weeks ago and will follow up soon, Masemola said.

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