THE office of the US trade representative is conducting its annual review of African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) beneficiaries to see if any are out of compliance with the act’s conditions. In 2015, SA was in the crosshairs for being difficult about American chicken, pork and beef. In 2016 the focus is on Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi as members of the East African Community (EAC). The problem is previously used clothing.
US steel makers have included SA in a catch-all request for protection against imports of cut-to-length carbon and alloy steel plate, which has been filed with the US International Trade Commission.
Arrival of US chickens puts an end to a long-running dispute that came to a head in November when US President Barack Obama gave SA a trade ultimatum.
How may South African jobs has China created, asks Simon Barber.
US President Barack Obama will remove trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act unless US chicken is allowed into SA by March 15, as agreed last week, reports Simon Barber.
President Obama’s expected move reflects deep frustration with what the White House and members of Congress, including long-time allies, see as Pretoria’s failure to meet mutually agreed benchmarks for lifting bans on US poultry and beef, nominally imposed to protect the health of SA consumers and livestock, reports Simon Barber.
Axe poised to drop on trade benefits as US questions Pretoria’s ‘chronic failure’ to meet mutually agreed benchmarks, writes Simon Barber