Duty increase on frozen chicken meat

The duty increase investigation on various frozen chicken cuts and boneless chicken has been published today (13 March 2020) and these are being implemented with immediate effect.

The duty increase follows an application by the South African Poultry Association (SAPA). In its application, SAPA had requested for an 82% duty increase on all the tariff codes below. A duty increase investigation was initiated by the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) on 30 November 2018.

Although the duty increase was widely expected, the extent of the increases is significant. The duties increased to 42% were previously 12% while the duties increased to 62% were previously 37%. Below is a table indicating the new duties by tariff code.

Tariff code New duty
0207.14.11 – Breasts 42%
0207.14.13 – Thighs 42%
0207.14.15 – Other 42%
0207.14.91 – Whole bird cut in half 62%
0207.14.93 – Leg quarters 62%
0207.14.95 – Wings 62%
0207.14.96 – Breasts 62%
0207.14.97 – Thighs 62%
0207.14.98 – Drumsticks 62%
0207.14.99 – Other 62%

The above duties do not affect imports coming from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the European Union (EU) because of the existing Free Trade Agreements. Nevertheless, any imports from the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries are impacted.

There is currently an ongoing anti-dumping sunset review investigation on frozen bone-in chicken meat imported from two EU countries (Germany and Netherlands). The sunset review also covers the UK. To find out more about this investigation click here.

Exporters from these countries and local importers have until the first week of April to make submissions in the investigation.

Should ITAC determine that there is a likelihood of continued dumping, the anti-dumping duties will be kept in place for another 5-year period, with changes of course depending on the findings of the investigation.

To find out more about possible duty amendments on other products, click here.

If you need more information or assistance, contact us on infor@tradesolutions.co.za.