South Africa: Importers Express Concern over the Amended Poultry TRQ Guidelines

On February 1, 2019, South Africa notified Post of the amended guidelines for the utilization of tariff rate quota allocations for U.S. bone-in chicken imports. The amended guidelines are supposed to address the primary challenges that have arisen since the inception of the quota in 2016, and will take effect on April 1, 2019. Some local importers have expressed their concerns that certain amendments could adversely affect the full utilization of the quota. Post will continue engaging with South African government and industry contacts to monitor the changes and resulting impact on the administration of the quota. Through the first 10 months of the 2018-2019 quota year, the United States has exported 58,600 tons of U.S. bone-in chicken meat to South Africa compared with 51,600 tons during the same period in 2017-2018 quota year. 

South Africa: Importers Express Concern over the Amended Poultry TRQ Guidelines