The fight against dumping, which has stymied the growth potential of the local chicken industry over the past several years, has won a small but significant victory with the imposition of a new safeguard duty on frozen, bone-in chicken portions from the EU. In terms of the economic partnership agreement safeguard, published recently in the Government Gazette, a 35.3% duty is effective on frozen chicken portions from September 28 2018 up to March 11 2019. This temporary measure will remain in place for three years after that, although it will be lowered to 30% for the first year, 25% in the second year, and finally to 15% until it expires on March 11 2022. According to the Trade Law Centre, the agreement safeguards are a temporary restriction of “fairly traded products to protect a domestic industry from a sudden increase in imports that cause serious injury to the domestic industry of the importing country”. A safeguard is a “safety valve”, it explains, giving a country the flexibil...

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