The evasions from chicken importers continue (Allegations do not constitute proof of dumping, August 15). Donald Mackay and the association of importers he represents will not admit that dumped chicken imports have harmed the local industry and thrown thousands of South Africans out of work. Indeed, they won’t even admit that dumping is happening, as shown by their constant calls for proof. Three EU countries – the Netherlands, Germany and the UK – were penalised for dumping in 2015. That’s proof of past offences. Dumping has continued since then, but MacKay says the local industry has not lodged any complaints. I cannot speak for the South African Poultry Association, but refer Mackay again to its statement that action will be taken against all EU dumpers of chicken meat whose volumes fall within World Trade Organisation thresholds. The industry has complained to the government, appealing to it to protect jobs. The Department of Trade and Industry has not acted so far, and if the D...

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