Senator Christopher Coons, a junior US senator from Delaware with a special interest in Africa, gives perspective on AGOA.
U.S. chicken is on grocery shelves in South Africa for the first time in nearly 17 years. Five containers of U.S. bone-in chicken leg quarters and drumsticks arrived at the Port of Durban on Feb. 19, and were cleared by South African veterinary authorities on Feb. 22. The chicken cuts have been repackaged and are now for sale at the company’s 21 shops in and around Durban.
“We’re delighted to hear that the first shipment of U.S. chicken under the agreement has landed and has met South Africa’s import requirements,” said USAPEEC President Jim Sumner. “We understand that several other shipments are en route and will arrive before March 15. We also believe that the quota amount for the period will be met.”
>The importing company of the initial shipment praised the efficiency of the South African veterinary services staff at the port, and said it is happy to have U.S. product back on the butchery shelves.
Zelda Sharp, USAPEEC’s representative in South Africa, said that more containers of U.S. chicken are expected to arrive soon. “We’re most pleased that the market has finally reopened,” Sharp said. “USAPEEC has been committed to South Africa and we now have product on the shelves.”
Sharp said that USAPEEC and the U.S. Embassy are planning to mark the event with a braai of U.S. chicken. “We will be having the MOAB (mother of all braais) in the next couple of weeks,” she said.