South Africa reopens poultry trade with the U.S.

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U.S. chicken processors like Tyson Foods are expected to benefit from the reopening of the South American market for bone-in chicken exports following an agreement reached by the two government this week.

It’s been 16 years since the market was open to bone-in chicken. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. is granted an annual quota of 65,000 metric tons of chicken that will be increased incrementally each year. South Africa has also agreed to a policy of regionalization in the event of future detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza  in the U.S.

“Although success will ultimately be realized when U.S. chicken is imported into South Africa, this announcement is a positive step to bringing increased economic benefits to U.S. chicken farmers and companies across the country,” said Tom Super, spokesman for the National Chicken Council.

He said 65 million metric tons of annual chicken trade is worth about $65 million to U.S. chicken exporters and South Africa represents the largest potential market for U.S. poultry exports in Africa.