Senators Urge South Africa to Remove Poultry Duties
December 11, 2014
Senators Christopher A. Coons and Johnny Isakson wrote a letter on December 9, 2014 to South African President Jacob Zuma to encourage him to eliminate duties on U.S. poultry exported to South Africa. Currently, under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), South African poultry products can be imported into the U.S. without any duties. The Senators wrote “The anti-dumping duties South Africa has levied on U.S. poultry have been in place for 14 years, effectively blocking our companies from accessing your market.” Senator Coons, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, announced to the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council, “If South Africa insists on continuing to maintain its long-standing and now clearly illegal anti-dumping duties on American poultry, I will do everything in my power to ensure they do not continue to benefit from AGOA.” As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Isakson will play a role in reauthorizing AGOA in the spring of 2015. AGOA is set to expire in September 2015.
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