European chicken producers are miffed by SA’s decision to impose import duties on their exports and have called for strong retaliatory action by the European Commission (EC). The source of the European producers’ wrath is the provisional safeguard duties which the SA government imposed on European chicken imports last year. These duties lapsed but implementation of the final duties is expected soon. The Europeans’ battle happens at the same time that the SA Poultry Association has launched legal action to get the rebate on frozen US bone-in-chicken imports annulled because of the US tariffs imposed on SA exports of steel and aluminium. The Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU (Avec), wrote to EC president Jean-Claude Juncker asking for reciprocal measures to be imposed on SA. "Since 2015, EU poultry meat producers have been confronted with a protectionist attitude from SA, who is using several measures to completely block access to the SA market to EU poultr...

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