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South Africa Reopens Market to U.S. Meat and Poultry

Friday, January 15, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry announced that the country will accept imports of U.S. beef, pork and poultry under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). South Africa will grant access to 65,000 metric tons of U.S. poultry annually, and has agreed to a policy of regionalization in the event of future detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the U.S. Previously, South Africa would impose a nationwide import ban on poultry if HPAI was detected in the U.S. South Africa also agreed to permit unrestricted imports of pork shoulder cuts after the U.S. assured the removal of risk material before exporting the product. Further, South Africa will grant access to U.S. beef, following assurances by the U.S. that meat from livestock originating in other countries will comply with South Africa’s standards. In November, the Obama administration threatened to suspend benefits to South African agricultural products under the AGOA if the country did not remove trade barriers to U.S. beef, pork and poultry.

Meanwhile, NAMI President and CEO Barry Carpenter applauded South Africa’s decision to reopen its market to U.S. beef, pork and poultry products stating, “The news is a testament to the administration’s hard work and dedication to improving market access for meat and poultry around the world.”

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