South Africa, Brazil Discuss Chicken Exports in Bilateral Trade Talks15 November 2012
SOUTH AFRICA - Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on Tuesday held talks with his Brazilian counterpart, Fernando Pimentel, where concerns around the anti-dumping investigations into Brazilian chicken exports to South Africa were thrashed out.
Earlier this year, South Africa launched an investigation following a complaint from the chicken industry that Brazilian chicken was being dumped.
"Brazil was concerned about certain procedural aspects of the investigation and as such, called for bilateral consultations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
"In the meeting with Pimentel, Davies said that he would assess the matter based on the outcome of the continuing investigation by the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC).
"The Brazilian side indicated that it understood that South Africa, as a fellow developing country, was also concerned about its domestic chicken industry," said the department's Sidwell Medupi.
Brazil welcomed further discussion with South Africa's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
This as Brazilian pork is not allowed to be imported into South Africa due to outstanding sanitary matters, including risk mitigation measures related to various swine diseases.