Paul Matthews of the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters made good points in his letter, and I have always opposed protectionism in principle, but if and when an unequal market situation is created by dumping or subsidies tariffs may be the appropriate response (“FairPlay’s focus on poultry imports oversimplifies the issues (../2021-02-10-letter-fairplays-focus-on-poultry-imports-oversimplifies-the-issues/)”, February 10).

Matthews’ own organisation acknowledged tariffs as a market levelling tool by signing the much publicised Poultry Master Plan, which has tariffs as one of its main pillars. It is incorrect to state that “there has been no dumping since 2015”. The dumping duties implemented in 2015 are undergoing a sunset review whose outcome has not yet been determined. In addition, it is well known that other dumping actions are being launched. Until these have been investigated and adjudicated the dumping jury is still out. Matthews may well be correct but until s...

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