South Africa and the United States signed a deal to resume the import of 65 000 tons of chicken annually.
The signing of the deal comes after the U.S. threatened to stop its importing of chicken, due to veterinary trade protocol disagreements between the two countries. This is however one of a numerous issues between the two countries.
On 5 November, U.S. President Barack Obama, set a deadline (4 January) to reach an agreement or he would suspend the duty-free status. This is part of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), that the U.S. had set up help African exporters.
“We think we are going to conclude everything well before the expiry of a deadline which they said would result in the termination of agriculture exports,” Davies said.
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