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 risk..