The South African Poultry Association has warned that the decision to suspend the anti-dumping duties on chicken imports is bad news for local chicken producers and consumers.

The decision by the Department of Trade and Industry now means that chicken imports from Brazil, Denmark, Ireland, Poland, and Spain will not be charged import tariffs.

General Manager at the SA Poultry Association, Izaak Breitenbach says, as an example, chicken imported from Brazil costs up to 200% less than locally produced chicken.

He says that consumers won’t see a decrease in the price of chicken, but would rather pay more or the same price they currently pay for locally produced chicken.

Read the Association’s full statement on the matter here.

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