Since 2013, the South African government have been working to provide solutions to some of the known existing challenges facing the poultry industry in the country. The poultry industry in South Africa has made known some hurdles facing their sector – mainly, increase in imports of poultry products. Through such dedicated efforts from the government and its supportive units including the dti and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), there has been diverse initiatives including an increase in tariffs for some number of poultry products in line with South Africa’s international commitments, and imposing trade remedies where evidence indicates dumping of poultry in the South Africa market or where there is a surge in imports. These actions were made possible through the International Trade and Administration Commission (ITAC).
Additionally, since 2013, there has been a significant increase in the import duty on a number of poultry products from countries such as Brazil and the United States. However, imports from European Union countries have not seen any increase in duties or whatsoever due to South Africa’s trade agreement with the European Union. Despite this agreement, the ITAC placed an anti-dumping measures on frozen bone-in chicken imported from Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. In addition to this, and as a response to public health and imports meeting the standards of WHO, South Africa is currently not importing poultry products from Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands and Poland. More so, import duty increased as follows in 2013: 82%, 31%, 12%, 30%, and 37% for Whole bird, carcasses, boneless cuts, offal, and bone-in” respectively.
Moving forward to brighter future, there has been a new market for poultry exports in the Middle East which is currently being worked on by the dti and the DAFF. Adding to that, the DTI together with DAFF and the entire poultry sector will work together to provide realistic and long lasting solutions to the problems facing the sector. Currently, the dti and DAFF is in the process of enhancing the ability of some domestic poultry products to be available for public procurement.