South Africa: Poultry and Products Annual

In March 2020, the South African government substantially increased the applied most-favored nation import tariffs on bone-in chicken meat and on boneless chicken meat. Post forecasts a marked decrease in chicken meat imports in 2021 to 357,000 tons, as local production is expected to increase. Post estimates that chicken meat imports will decrease by 10 percent in 2020 to 435,000 tons, due to an increase in local production as a result of the bumper corn harvest for the 2019/2020 marketing year. In 2019, South Africa imported 539,000 tons of chicken meat in 2019 to augment local production. This represents a 5 percent decrease from the previous year. For the prior three years, U.S. exports filled the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for U.S. bone-in chicken meat imports, again reflecting the consistent demand in the South African market. For 2020/2021, South Africa increased the annual TRQ allocation by 2 percent to 69,972 tons.

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