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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2019
E-001840/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Malmström on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001840/2019

South Africa, like the European Union (EU), is entitled to impose anti-dumping and safeguard measures, provided they are in line with World Trade Organisation rules and the relevant provisions of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and six members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The Commission closely follows any ongoing trade defence investigation and intervenes when necessary, in order to ensure that the relevant rules are adhered to.

As regards frozen vegetables, a South African company has requested the South African authorities to initiate a bilateral safeguard investigation concerning the imports of frozen vegetables from the EU. Although no investigation has so far been initiated, the Commission is closely following any further developments in this matter.

Concerning imports of frozen bone-in chicken from the EU, South Africa first imposed anti-dumping measures in 2015 and later, in 2018, the Southern African Customs Union (of which South Africa is a member) imposed safeguard measures. These measures, combined with the South African ban on imports of poultry due to avian influenza, have caused a considerable decrease in imports from the EU. The Commission has intervened in both the anti-dumping and the safeguard investigation, but its efforts to prevent the investigating authorities from imposing the measures were unsuccessful. The Commission is of the opinion that the safeguard measures in particular were unwarranted and is therefore currently considering taking steps under the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement.

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