Since last December, South Africa has banned the import of poultry after an outbreak of bird flu. This preventative measure came after 15 years of punitive import duties on certain US chicken products.

On 15 October, the two countries were suppose to agree on new animal health and food safety rules, which would also affect US beef and pork exports and cost the US around $80 million a year. Unfortunately, South Africa missed the deadline and Washington had no choice but to move on with a review of SA’s eligibility for trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

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