South Africa imported 520,000 tons of chicken meat in 2018 to augment local production. This represent an increase of 2 percent from the previous year. Post estimates that chicken meat imports will increase by 5 percent in 2019 to 545,000 tons, due to a decrease in local production on relative higher feed cost. Post forecasts a marginal increase in chicken meat imports in 2020 to 555,000 tons, as local production is expected to bounce back. At the same time, the government continues to evaluate the South African Poultry Association’s request for an increase in the import tariff from 12- 37 percent to 82 percent.