Increasing tariffs on imported poultry products could hike chicken prices by up to 32%, says  consumer bodies and importers and exporters organisation. The South African poultry industry, under the auspices of the SA Poultry Association (SAPA), has applied to the International Trade Administration Commission of SA (ITAC) to increase tariffs on chicken to 82%. But the Emerging Black Importers and Exporters SA (EBieSA) and the SA National Consumer Union (SANCU) on Wednesday slammed the local industry for seeking protection against imports. “Their rationale is that imports are damaging the local industry, but EBieSA believes they are simply seeking to protect their profits to the detriment of consumers and emerging black importers,” EBieSA, which represents 105 black businesses, said. In a report, released in January, SAPA — whose members include RCL Foods, Astral Foods, and Rainbow Chickens — said Brazil accounted for 61.5% of chicken imports in 2018. It was followed by the US (16...

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