'Dumping of EU chicken in SA is harming the industry'

Kevin Lovell, CEO of South African Poultry Association says the effects of chicken imported from European Union (EU) poses a threat to jobs in the poultry sector.

South Africa receives imports from the EU because, in terms of the free trade agreement, the union has duty free access to SA and the tariffs were reduced from the beginning of 2012, says Lovell.

He says the EU are the most expensive producers in the world and as a result, they dump their poultry.

Why do they dump? Because their own people don't want to eat the dark meat.

Kevin Lovell, CEO of South African Poultry Association

Lovell says their agreement with the United States of America in relation to African Growth and Opportunity (AGOA) was that they were only allowed to dump a certain amount.

26% of everything eaten in South Africa comes from outside of the country, he adds.

He says what is important to note is that Europeans import 7% of what they eat and their own producers say they can't compete against this and need to protect jobs.

What's the impact of this 25% that does come in? It takes away South African jobs.

Kevin Lovell, CEO of South African Poultry Association

Lovell says the real structural problem lies not South Africa but in Europe.

For more on this interview listen to clip below:


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