South African poultry group targets U.S. import quota

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the government to suspend a quota that excludes some U.S. poultry imports from an anti-dumping tariff, a senior official with the association said on Tuesday.

A local resident carries her purchases of vegetables and poultry from a makeshift market near Qunu, in the Eastern Cape Province December 11, 2013. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

If successful, the move – a response to the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports – could put at risk duty-free access to the U.S. market for nearly $2 billion worth of South African exports.

“We’ve pulled the trigger,” Marthinus Stander, chairman of SAPA’s broiler organization, told Reuters, referring to the…

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