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SAPA Documents Chicken Imports into South Africa


According to statistics released by the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) during the first half of 2018, a total of 271,800 metric tons of poultry, predominantly as chicken was imported into the Republic of South Africa.  This was 0.7 percent less than during the corresponding first half of 2017.  Brazil was the leading exporter with 63 percent of imports followed by the U.S. with 17 percent amounting to 45,000 metric tons. 


During 2018, the E.U. decreased in volume due to outbreaks of avian influenza.  The volume of imports displaced from the E.U. was supplied by Argentina (six percent) and Thailand and Canada (one percent each).  Ireland and Denmark continued to export product to the RSA and small consignments were received from Poland and Chile. 


Although the U.S. previously negotiated a tariff–free quantity of 65,000 metric tons of bone-in frozen chicken, problem arose when tariffs were imposed on South African-origin steel and aluminum in 2018.  These tariffs have been rescinded allowing for resumption of imports.  For the period January through October 2018, South Africa received 87,836 metric tons of chicken meat valued at $79 million.

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