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Expiration of anti-dumping tariffs on fries leaves South African potato industry vulnerable

Anti-dumping tariffs on frozen French fries imported from the Netherlands and Germany have expired, leaving the South African potato industry vulnerable to ‘dumping’, reports Glenneis Kriel for Farmers Weekly in South Africa.

The anti-dumping duties had been in force from January 2016 to January 2021, and its implementation had led to a decline of more than 60% in frozen French fries imports since October 2016 up until 2020. McCain Foods in South Africa applied to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) for reinstatement of the tariff for an additional five years, but ITAC did not complete the application within the prescribed 18 months.

Willie Jacobs, CEO of Potatoes South Africa (Potatoes SA), said “The previous protection mechanism [proved] to be effective in ensuring the sustainability [of the local industry], and there is more than significant case law to suggest it to be necessary. We will fully support any further application to ensure the health of the industry,” Jacobs said.

Source: Farmers Weekly. Read the full story here
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