The SA Poultry Association (Sapa) has begun legal action to halt the import of US chicken on the grounds that the imposition of US tariffs on SA steel and aluminium exports have removed the benefits SA enjoyed under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa). The association lodged papers in the Pretoria high court this week against trade & finance minister Rob Davies, finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, agriculture minister Senzeni Zokwana, the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters and the International Trade Administration Commission. Sapa acting GM Ziyanda Majokweni said in her founding affidavit that the suspension of Agoa benefits by the US had triggered the suspension of the rebate that US chicken exporters enjoyed in terms of a deal thrashed out with SA.

This allows them to export 65,000 tons of frozen bone in chicken portions free of anti-dumping duty to SA annually. The rebate for this quota states that it will be suspended if any benefits that SA enjoyed under A...

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