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New Deadline Issued for South Africa Meat Deal

Friday, January 22, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

President Obama last week announced his administration would suspend benefits for South African agricultural products under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on March 15, 2016, if the country does not comply with a deal agreed to earlier this month that would remove trade barriers to U.S. beef, pork and poultry exports. South Africa assured the U.S. that it would comply with the agreement, and said it would make available a first-come, first-serve 16,250 metric ton quota for U.S. poultry between March 15 and March 31, 2016, before opening the agreed-upon 65,000 metric ton tariff-free quota on April 1. President Obama could reinstate South Africa’s AGOA benefits if the country meets the terms of the agreement before the March 15 deadline.

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