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U.S. Says South Africa’s Poultry Tariffs Give EU Unfair Benefit

June 19, 2020, 2:06 PM

South Africa’s recent poultry-tariff increases give European exporters an unfair advantage over their American competitors even though the country benefits from duty-free access to the world’s biggest economy, according to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

“That strikes me as completely crazy,” he said in a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on trade policy on Wednesday.

The continent’s most-industrialized economy has duty-free access to the U.S. market under the so-called Generalized System of Preferences, America’s oldest and largest trade-preference program for the world’s poorest economies. The African nation raised duties on frozen bone-in chicken pieces to 62% from 37%...

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