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Safeguard Update

Both AMIE and SAPA had oral presentations at ITAC this week. The parties are not privy to each others presentations. What we do know,however,based upon documents placed in the public file,is that ITAC has requested SAPA to update information to 31 December 2016. One has to wonder why-what is the motive behind seeking updated and current information? And how long will this take to finalize? We can never be sure with ITAC,but it seems to indicate that a final safeguard decision is still some time away,   David  ... read more

Highly pathogenic avian influenza

Its that time of the year again and Avian influenza poses a risk to poultry exports from certain European countries. Hungary has already been banned from exports to South Africa. All eyes are now on the rest of the EU where outbreaks of HPAI have been found in wild birds in numerous countries,with those countries urgently taking steps to protect commercial flocks. SA authorities have given assurances that wild birds will not necessitate a ban,but they are watching the situation closely and any outbreaks within commercial flocks will result in import... read more

EU SAFEGUARD APPLICATION

As members are aware,SAPA,who are addicted to protectionism,has initiated an Agricultural Safeguard Action against bone in chicken portions imported from the EU. This application is in terms of the provisions of the TDCA (the free trade agreement that exists between SA and the EU). We were expecting a safeguard action and are busy preparing our submissions,the first of which-a clarification and deficiencies request-has already been submitted. Submissions will also be made by the EU Commission at political level,as well as EU Associations and EU exporters. This is naturally a serious and threatening development and we will allocate significant resources to oppose it. We will keep you informed,  ... read more

AGOA

AGOA, is at the time of writing,still not finalized. As regards poultry,there is already a lot of product on the water,and importers have been applying for quota allocation permits for the period commencing 1 April 2016. Beef has been finalized and the health certificate has been distributed to members.   The problems relate to pork.There is no agreement yet on unrestricted pork products (i.e those not requiring further processing at a registered PPP facility).THE DISAGREEMENT RELATES TO SHOULDER CUTS where the USA is demanding unrestricted access for some 15 items,whereas SA has agreed to only 3. Hopefully this issue will be resolved shortly without subjecting SA’s AGOA benefits to further... read more

AGOA

AGOA seems to be back on track after much scurrying around,poor communication from most Government departments, and warnings from the USA. Apparently many permit applications for the period up to 31st March 2016 have already been received,despite a new outbreak of HPAI in Indiana,which caused much nervousness. Members have been advised that details pertaining to the quarter commencing 1st April 2016 will be gazette shortly. Lets hope for some smooth sailing to accompany the reintroduction of bone in chicken to SA from the USA after an absence of 16 Years,  ... read more

AGOA

As members are aware,SA and the USA reached agreement on a health certificate for USA poultry and the market for bone in product has re-opened,with DAFF issuing health certificates. There is still some confusion relating to quota allocation permits.The original quota guidelines clearly state that this function will be handled by DAFF,while DAFF maintains that it is a DTI responsibility. We are in touch with all three parties (DAFF,ITAC,DTI) and as soon as we obtain some clarity we will advise members. The other area of uncertainty is the provision for salmonella testing that has been agreed upon. Here again,we await clarification. In the interim we congratulate all parties for reaching an agreement and thus preventing any AGOA duty penalties being imposed on... read more

NEW YEAR MESSAGE

WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL MEMBERS AND THEIR LOVED ONES A VERY HAPPY FESTIVE SEASON AND A HAPPY,HEALTHY AND SUCCESSFUL 2016.   David and the AMIE Executive Committee read more

Chairman’s Report AGM November 2015

26TH November 2015     CHAIRMAN’S REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED SEPTEMBER 2015     Good morning to our members and guests   Welcome to this, our 19th annual general meeting.   As always, the last year has been both eventful and hectic.At last year’s AGM I discussed the constant threats faced by our industry and the defences we always mount to counter and overcome those threats. 2015 has been no different.   In truth we can hardly be described as a large Association, but we are always seen by the media, governments and even our opponents as formidable and punching well above our weight.   Much of AMIE’s time and limited resources are devoted to the defence against threats to our Industry in the form of attacks against imports initiated by local industry, as well as an increase in trade restrictive regulatory actions by the various authorities who exercise control and oversight.   As we come to the close of 2015 there is still much indecision and confusion related to AGOA and its ramifications for us. Avian influenza has been rampant in many parts of the world and the proposed brining restrictions are still hanging in the air with SAPA attempting to discredit every aspect of DAFF’s research, investigations and conclusions.   Our currency has been at its most volatile this year and political instability has been the order of the day.These issues merely exacerbate the constant challenges we face.   This year has seen the emergence of rampant under invoicing as well as widespread abuse of PRRS VPN regulations.   As you know, one of our founding... read more

CEO’s Report AGM November 2015

                                                                                                    26 November 2015       CEO’S REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED SEPTEMBER 2015     Introduction   This is my 8th CEO’s AGM report, and possibly my last.   I have read through all my previous seven reports, as well as those of my predecessor.   Of all the documents in your pack,the CEO’s report is undoubtedly the most boring. It is a long winded summary, the contents of which members are fully familiar with from email notifications and newsletters.We pride ourselves on the fact that communication to members has always been professional, detailed and timeous. It probably takes up more of my time than any other function.   I will attempt to depart from tradition and keep my summary of this report as short as possible today.         2015 The Year in Review   As usual the year was eventful and challenging as our Chairman,Anthony Schneiderman has already told you.   Final anti-dumping duties were applied to bone in chicken imports from the UK,the Netherlands and Germany. ITAC originally missed its deadline-we kept them busy and on their toes-resulting in millions of rands worth of duty refunds from SARS. The duties for the UK and the Netherlands were lower than anticipated by SAPA and the media, but Germany was high.   So the chicken wars continued and have still not abated, as also applies to the difficulties surrounding the PRRS restrictions on imported pork meat.   The poultry attacks came with the usual hostility and insults from both SAPA and local poultry players.This continues incessantly. It was, of course, accompanied by a host... read more

USA QUOTAS

QUOTA RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE USA BONE IN CHICKEN OF 65000 MT PA HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED. WE HAVE DISTRIBUTED THESE DOCUMENTS TO ALL MEMBERS. COMMENTS TO ITAC NEED TO BE SUBMITTED BY 13 NOVEMBER. AMIE WILL  COMMENT AND WILL DISTRIBUTE COPIES OF OUR COMMENTS TO... read more

AGM

OUR AGM TAKES PLACE AT HUDDLE PARK IN JOHANNESBURG ON THURSDAY 26TH NOVEMBER AT 11-00am. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO BE THERE.   DAVID read more

FEEDINFO INTERVIEW

Feedinfo News Service – 30/07/2014 INTERVIEW: Are Anti-Dumping Duties Protecting South Africa’s Poultry Industry? Source: Feedinfo News Service (dated 30/07/2014) 30 July 2014 – South Africa recently announced anti-dumping duties against imports of frozen bone-in chicken from Germany, the Netherlands, and the U.K. The preliminary tariffs, which range from 22% for the U.K., and 73.3% for Germany came into effect on July 4th and will expire at the beginning of January next year. The move follows a complaint brought last year by the South Africa Poultry Association (SAPA) to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC), which found that there was prima facie proof of material injury to the local industry. This allowed the industry to circumvent a 2001 free trade and co-operation agreement, which prevented South Africa from imposing normal MFN (most favoured nation) tariffs against E.U. countries. According to SAPA’s CEO, Kevin Lovell, ITAC’s decision “confirms that the three European countries are dumping bone-in portions into South Africa,” and contributes to the industry’s future development. Association of Meat Importers and Exporters of South Africa (AMIE) CEO David Wolpert, on the other hand, argues that the implementation of preliminary dumping duties is a breach of international regulations, and will do nothing to solve the problems of South African poultry producers. Feedinfo News Service spoke to Lovell and Wolpert to get a better understanding of the South African poultry industry’s performance in a highly competitive global environment. The S.A. Poultry Industry, a USD 3 Billion Giant With a gross value of more than USD 3 billion, and producing more than 1 billion birds slaughtered, and 1.4 million tons of meat... read more

Brazil poultry exports increase

São Paulo – Brazilian poultry exports increased in volume, but revenue was down in quarter one this year from the same period in 2013. According to figures released this Monday (14th) by the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA, in the Portuguese acronym), exports amounted to 950,200 tonnes from January to March this year, up 0.4% from January to March 2013. Revenues were down 11.5% to US$ 1.832 billion. According to the ABPA vice president for poultry, Ricardo Santin, the revenue dropped due to the appreciation of Brazil’s real and to a hike in the price of maize, the industry’s main input. Still, the executive said, the performance was good for the period. “The result is good because we have managed to export a higher volume than in early 2013. Revenues were lower, partly due to the exchange rate, but we have broken even. We want to see revenues go back up, but overall, our assessment is a positive one, we are within the target range,” said Santin. He noted there was an oversupply of product in the Middle East last year. In March, the industry exported 332,300 tonnes, up 0.2% from March last year. Revenues stood at US$ 640.9 million, down 14.3%. Out of all poultry products, which include chicken, eggs, ducks, turkeys, mallards, genetic material and fertile eggs, chicken meat accounted for 95.5%. Chicken meat exports fetched US$ 1.705 billion in Q1, down 11.5% from Q1 2013. The volume shipped was 907,300 tonnes, up 0.7%. The Middle East remains the leading Brazilian poultry export target area. From January to March, 332,000 tonnes were shipped to the region, down... read more

Media release

Media Release The article below refers: It confirms once again,AMIE’s oft repeated contention that South Africa’s protectionist policies have the potential to harm us in the form of retaliatory trade practices. The renewal of the special duty preferences applicable to many of our exports under the African Growth and Opportunity Act of 2000 (AGOA) is of huge value and importance to us,especially in times of poor economic growth and precarious negative trade account balances. Anti- dumping duties on USA poultry were enforced on poultry products when SA used the weighted average cost of production in determining import values,a method that has recently been discredited by the WTO. As we have said many times before,such restrictive trade practices are of great concern,are highly inflationary,and therefor negatively affect pricing to an entire population especially the hard pressed poorer segment of our people,and invite retaliatory measures,which themselves harm our fragile economy. Over the last few months,South Africa has unilaterally terminated bilateral trade agreements with a number of European Union countries. We have imposed large duty increases on European potato chips and initiated very onerous and unnecessary trade complications on imported pork meat-a clear and distinct barrier to trade.This list is by no means complete,as many other products have also been acted against,with further actions still pending. South Africa is currently investigating the possibility of imposing very high anti -dumping duties on bone in chicken cuts from a number of EU countries. If we continue to anger our reliable and traditional trading partners,we must expect repercussions that South Africans will eventually pay for. David Wolpert CEO, Association of Meat Importers and Exporters of... read more