A series of articles concerning the Brazilian poultry production has recently been published in the context of the application in SA, currently under analysis, for a hike in import tariffs of frozen chicken portions to 82% (Less chicken supply partner, more predator, January 19). It is of the utmost importance that both the government and general public have accurate information, since false or imprecise premises may lead to bad decisions and undesired effects. That is why the embassy of Brazil wishes to clarify some of the misleading affirmations recently published as facts. Brazilian producers play by the rules. Brazilian poultry exports are of high quality and do not receive any state subsidy. In fact, Brazilian producers’ prices are historically higher than the world average. It is not true that Korea, Mexico and Japan apply three-digit tariff rates on Brazilian exports. The average tariff imposed by countries classified as “developed” is an ad valorem rate of 26.58%, and that o...

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