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Poultry Union Disagrees With Ministry Over Chicken Taxes

6 August 2012, at 9:25am

MEXICO - The International Trade Practices Unit (UPCI) has agreed with the the Ministry of Economy that duties/taxes should not be applied to chicken legs and thighs coming from the US, as it will be damaging to the Mexican poultry.

The National Union of Poultry Farmers has stated it was happy with the Ministry for agreeing that dumping is taking place but does not agree with no taxes being applied. The union stated that duties should be applied to chicken meat as the recent HPAI outbreak has only affected the egg market.

"The avian influenza outbreak is contained within the sanitary barrier established by the National Health, Food Safety and Food Quality Service and so far has only appeared in laying birds. This has led to a change in the price of eggs. But the chicken market has not been affected, either in production or in price ranges. Not one broiler farm is affected," said the President of the National Executive Council of the UNA, Jaime Crivelli.

In addition, Mr Crivelli said that: "Chicken prices have not increased as a result of the health problem that affects laying hens, whose egg prices have fallen."

The businessman said that the Ministry of Economy and the poultry union should impose countervailing duties in the final resolution of the investigation into dumping of chicken leg quarters as they are sold below the cost of production in Mexico.