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S Africa, US agree on terms for poultry imports

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South Africa has signed an agreement with the US to resume the import of 65 000 t/y of chicken, which had become bogged down over health concerns, the government said.

The veterinary trade protocol comes after the US threatened to suspend trade benefits for South African farm products earlier this month, in retaliation against the clamp down on poultry imports. Print Send to Friend 0 0 South Africa has been concerned that an outbreak of avian flu in the United States which killed nearly 50 million birds could pose animal and human health risks to Africa's most advanced economy. 

"We are on track to resolving the outstanding issues related to beef and pork. The chicken protocol shows we are moving in the right direction," South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry spokesman Sidwell Medupe told Reuters, adding that outstanding issues will be finalised by Dec.31.

The pact the two countries signed is part of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), a US programme designed to help African exporters. The agreement would see the United States emerge as one of the top poultry exporters to South Africa. South Africa imposes "antidumping" duties of above 100% on certain chicken products, and industry groups said removing those import barriers opened a market which had been closed for the last 15 years. Edited by: Reuters

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