April 7, 2021
South Africa concerned over dumped poultry imports from Brazil and EU
The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has applied for anti-dumping duties against Brazil and four EU countries, calling it a threat against domestic poultry producers and industry jobs, CAJ News Africa reported.
The application is related to imported bone-in chicken from Brazil, Denmark, Ireland, Poland, and Spain, with SAPA criticising that more than half of imported bone-in chicken between July 2017 to June 2002 were dumped product.
Dumped product refers to product imported at prices lower than the relevant sales price from the country of origin.
Francois Baird, the FairPlay movement founder, said dumping happens because top chicken producers in Brazil and the EU make profits from the northern hemisphere exporting chicken breast meat at premium prices, while brown meat (bone-in chicken) becomes unwanted surplus.
Baird said the surplus is frozen then sold in bulk packs to anyone at low prices, with South Africa and other West African countries major markets for dumped chicken over the last 20 years.
Baird said the South African poultry industry is trying to prevent dumped poultry from affecting the domestic industry, which has already happened in Ghana, Senegal, and Ivory Coast.
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) views dumping as a violation of its rules.
Dumped bone-in chicken import values reportedly reached ZAR 6.4 billion (~US$438.9 million; ZAR 10 = US$0.92)
- CAJ News Africa