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At present only the RMIF represents the pork in- dustry on the Agricultural Trade Forum (ATF). The forum makes suggestions / approves proposals by government on new trade agreements.
SAPPO received ATF reports and was in direct contact with Mr Hilton Lamberts to submit input on a number of trade agreements:
• Tri-partite Negotiations
• SACU
• AGOA
• SADC – EPA (EU Request List) • SACU – Mercosur
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fish- eries (DAFF) requested input on the proposed of- fensive list to Egypt. No pork products were includ- ed and SAPPO did not submit input.
In the East Africa Community Request List they have submitted a request to include HS: 02031200: Meat of swine, fresh, chilled or frozen - fresh or chilled: hams, shoulders and cuts thereof, with bone in.
SAPPO replied - “As part of their request to have it immediately moved to a 0% rate, this would not be acceptable for us and it should remain at the current duty structure. If this fails then it should at least be included under the “subject to negotia- tions” list. “
Request from Switzerland under EFTA for tari  concessions on Pork products: Reply has been sent that SAPPO in principle does not support conces- sions and that they would use EPA as a guide. Un- der EPA concessions are however allowed.
Harbour visits
The health status of the South African pork indus- try is of critical importance. Unfortunately it is very di cult to track and inspect suspected illegal im- ports. At present only the State Veterinarian has been allowed to open containers for inspection. A further constraint has been capacity and skills at the various ports of entry.
SAPPO has built a relationship with DAFF o - cials at port of entry level. O cial approval needs to be obtained to allow SAPPO to accompany DAFF o cials on cold store inspections and VPN audit veri cation.
South African Pork Producers’ Organisation
SAPPO arranged for a training session with Cape Town Harbour and Durban Harbour inspectors during 2016. It will be repeated in 2017.
The frequency of visits to the main ports should be increased to at least once every six months.
Ad hoc
Various ad hoc activities were undertaken, relating to:
• Attending meetings
• Writing articles
• Attending to general enquiries • Industry applications
Export
Export statistics
As with import statistics, the HS lines included were HS 0203 and HS 16024.
Export statistics are used to track trends and identify new market potential. Export destinations were still mainly neighbouring countries as per the graphs below. Cumulative exports show a slight de- crease, compared to the same period in 2016.
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