Shoprite Group raises concern over price benefit on chicken imports

The group says that at least half of the 65,000 tons of chicken quota will be given to middlemen.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Shoprite Group has raised concern that the price benefit of the recently approved chicken imports from the USA, which will be free of anti-dumping duties, will not reach consumers.

The group says at least half of the 65,000 tons of chicken quota will be given to middlemen who don't necessarily have the infrastructure, which means the true price will not reach hard pressed consumers.

In June, South Africa agreed to resume the importing of chicken form the US following a two-day meeting in France with the Department of Trade and Industry.

For some time the country had in place an anti-dumping duty on chicken portions coming from the US.

Shoprite CEO Whitey Basson has called on the department to consider the effect of the imports on local suppliers.

"Our intention is clear; not to make ourselves money, but to get this deal that was done properly distributed so that it has the least effect on the South African chicken producers and the larger effect on consumers out there who are battling to make ends meet. They should get the benefit; Shoprite doesn't want the benefit."