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Africa and The Middle East

(Daily News)
January 11, 2016

Updated: President Barack Obama on Monday (Jan. 11) officially suspended duty-free treatment for South African agricultural products granted under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), effective March 15, ratcheting up pressure on Pretoria to implement a deal that would lift restrictions on U.S. poultry.

(File Document)
January 11, 2016

(Daily News)
December 24, 2015

South Africa has taken a further step toward resolving its ongoing dispute with the U.S. over barriers to meat trade by publishing guidelines laying out how Pretoria will administer a tariff-rate quota (TRQ) giving U.S. chicken exporters additional access to the South African market. But whether the regulation will serve as a starting point toward new market access for U.S. poultry producers is still up in the air.

(Daily News)
December 23, 2015

Turkey did not join the expanded Information Technology Agreement (ITA) concluded last week at the World Trade Organization ministerial in Nairobi, after the United States refused to lift objections it had put on Turkey's final offer over the way certain duty phaseouts were structured, according to Geneva sources.

(Daily News)
December 18, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya -- South African Trade Minister Rob Davies said Thursday (Dec. 17) his government was slated to publish the following day a legal document that will implement a new tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for U.S. poultry, and that he hopes three remaining sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues can be resolved before the end of the year in order to avoid the U.S. withdrawing some of the trade preferences it grants to South Africa.