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South African poultry group seeks to suspend U.S. import quota

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has filed a legal action to force the government to suspend a quota that excluded imports of U.S. poultry from South Africa’s anti-dumping tariff, a senior official with the association said on Tuesday. , The decision by SAPA was a response to the Trump administration s decision to include South Africa among countries subject to U.S. tariffs on their aluminium and steel exports. We ve pulled the trigger, Marthinus Stander, chairman of SAPA s broiler organisation, told Reuters, referring to the legal action the association had threatened for more than a month. SAPA argues tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium imports imposed by Washington earlier this year violated the 2015 quota agreement. That deal - agreed as part of the renewal of South Africa s benefits under the United States flagship trade legislation for Africa, AGOA - allowed U.S. producers to export 65,000 tonnes of so-called bone-in poultry to the South African market. South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies acknowledged that the government had received the court papers but declined to comment further. Reuters ,

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