This comes after Emerging Black Importers and Exporters South Africa (EBieSA) called on the government to stop the current application launched by Sapa to increase import tariffs on chicken to 82 percent until the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) has completed and then implemented its master plan for the local poultry industry.
However, Izaak Breitenbach, a general manager at Sapa, said that to say that the tariff application must wait until the outcome of the master plan amounts to “if the police are developing a masterplan to improve crime fighting the police must stop policing in the meantime".
“To postpone the tariff outcome to after a master plan is agreed will cause further job losses. The dti is competent to make decisions like this and include the views of all stakeholders and we are satisfied that ample consideration will take place,” Breitenbach said.
He said the application to increase the most favoured nation (MFN) tariff had the objective of curbing unfair trade. The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac ) has already found unfair trade in granting the industry an MFN duty, but the quantum did not have the desired effect of curbing unfair trade and therefore the application.