South African poultry dispute reaches new level

by Editor
Thursday, July 18, 2013

South Africa's meat trading body has lodged an official complaint against local chicken producers with the country's Competition Commission.

The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) said the complaint had been filed against the South African Poultry Association and local frozen chicken producers and was related to the use of Customs duties to remove import competition from the market, as well as price manipulation and anticompetitive practices.

The complaint is the latest in a long-standing battle between importers and local producers.

The South African Poultry Association is arguing for duties on imported chicken from Brazil and Europe to be raised to protect local producers, while AMIE argues that raising the duty would increase poultry costs for consumers and damage the industry.