The United States cited South Africa’s consumption of 1.8 million tons of chickens a year as reason for dumping cheap poultry products into the latter’s local economy.
USA Poultry and Egg Export Council said both countries are eating more poultry in recent years. South Africans consume about 33kg of chicken annually while the Americans consume about 48.3kg of chicken per year.
The US exports its poultry to South Africa under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
Zelda Sharp, the council’s regional director, said that they were bringing new choice to the market although US imports represented only about 3percent of South Africa’s annual poultry production.
“International trade ensures a broad supplier base, which supports a steady supply of stock and mitigates the risk of supplies being disrupted by climate change, drought or disease,” Sharp said. “It also controls spiraling food prices that could occur in a monopoly situation.”