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• To protect the industry against imports that could be harmful to the local health status.
This report contains feedback on:
• Harbour visits
• Trade negotiations • Exports
• Import statistics General
Five committee meetings took place via Skype during the period.
Future meetings will be held in a similar manner to save on cost and travelling time.
Harbour visits
Both Cape Town and Durban harbours were visited. The visits focused on discussions regarding po- tential imports from the USA and procedures that
need to be put into place.
SAPPO arranged for Dr Evans and Dr Burger to
provide DAFF o cials with training on imported products from the USA, speci cally in identifying lymph nodes. The training sessions were very suc- cessful. DAFF undertook to conduct an independent inspection at the DAFF facilities on the  rst sample products imported under AGOA. The cuts were dis- sected and lymph nodes were found in all the cuts. The consignment was then condemned. This was all done in accordance with DAFF guidelines.
Once a product had been condemned, there were three options, namely: the consignment could be destroyed, the consignment could be sent back to the country of origin or the importer could appeal.
The importer submitted a written request to DAFF for reconsideration and DAFF allowed the product into the country. The imports had to be re- classi ed as restricted and therefore had to com- ply with all the requirements of the VPN.
Trade negotiations
A number of trade negotiations were being dis-
cussed which could have an e ect on the South Af- rican pork industry.
SAPPO was not happy with the concessions made under the AGOA agreement and is currently see- king legal advice.
South African Pork Producers’ Organisation
AGOA
DAFF had issued import permits for the impor- tation of pork from the USA. Certain conditions, however, are applicable.
As part of the conditions, randomly selected car- tons will be defrosted and inspected for any lym- phatic tissue. SAPPO had already arranged training for DAFF o cials at the various ports.
A  nal decision on whether SAPPO will take legal action was being discussed.
Tri-partite negotiations
Egypt advised that they were prepared to open up 100% of their tari  lines to SACU provided they obtain full reciprocity.
SAPPO had asked that pork be included on the ‘sensitive’/not be liberalised list”.
SACU
Namibia recently prevented SA pork from entering Namibia after an outbreak of African Swine Fever in certain parts of South Africa. By doing so, they showed that they do not accept compartmental- isation, which they had accepted previously.
SAPPO, through the assistance of DAFF, recti ed this and the border was opened.
SACU – Mercosur
It was con rmed that the SACU – Mercosur Prefer- ential Trade Agreement had been entered into on 1 April 2016.
A report on the e ect that the trade agreement would have on the South African pork industry was awaited.
EU request list (EPA)
The Economic Partnership Agreement was signed on 10 June 2016. The following statement refers:
The EPA replaced the old EU agreement. An allo- cation was made on two tari  lines on a quantity of 1 500 ton pork. It will be phased in over a period of  ve to six years. The 1 500 ton pork is applicable to SADC, of which South Africa would take up the largest portion, namely 1 250 ton.
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