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,