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South Africa Update: Administration Sets New Deadline for AGOA Suspension

As we reported in last week’s Export Newsline, the United States and South Africa have reached an agreement on market access for U.S. beef, pork and poultry. For the time being, this agreement allowed South Africa to avoid suspension of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) benefits for its agricultural exports to the United States. However, in a move designed to ensure that South Africa follows through on its commitment and U.S. meat products actually reach the market, the Obama Administration issued a proclamation this week stating that duty-free treatment for South African agricultural products will be suspended on March 15. So if trade barriers remain in place and U.S. meat products are not entering the market by this date, AGOA benefits can be suspended without the need for an additional notice period.

Just before press time for the Export Newsline, the Food Safety and Inspection Service Export Library for South Africa was updated. USMEF will review these library changes and summarize them in next week’s edition.