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Case Study: Poultry Tariffs: Levelling the Playing Field or Rewarding Inefficiency? EPILOGUE

Title
Poultry Tariffs: Levelling the Playing Field or Rewarding Inefficiency? EPILOGUE 

Author
Peter Draper & Jacklynne Hobbs 

Pages

Product Type
Case 

Reference #
WBS-2015-4 

Teaching Note
Not available 

Institute

Setting
South Africa 

Year
2015 

Keywords
Economics & International Business



Summary/
Abstract
In July 2013, Siyabulela Tsengiwe – chief commissioner of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) – and ITAC commissioners met to make a final determination on a highly contentious customs tariff application. The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) had asked for increased duties across a range of chicken products, claiming that cheap imports were threatening the survival of local and regional producers. The application was opposed by the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE), on the grounds that it was intended to protect a sector with questionable ethics and an outdated business model. Tsengiwe and the commissioners had to decide which argument carried more weight in light of the government’s wish to support agriculture in a frequently inequitable global trading environment, while ensuring that this support did not come at the expense of the poor.

 


 

 

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