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Brazil approach WTO in RSA poultry dispute

Yesterday, Valor Economico, a leading Brazilian newspaper, reported that Brazil is preparing to commence proceedings against South Africa at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). This will be the first time that Brazil takes action at the WTO against a member of the BRICS group.

According to Valor Economico, on 11 June 2012 Camex (the Brazilian Inter-Ministerial Body Responsible for Trade Policy) will give the green light to the Ministry of Foreign Relations to lodge formal consultation request against South Africa’s anti-dumping determinations on Brazilian poultry and pork. It is stated that the action will first be taken against the anti-dumping duties applicable to poultry.  It is further reported that, according to sources, Brazil stated that it tried to resolve the issue informally, first through a potential trade-off between Brazilian poultry and South African wine, but South Africa did not show interest in such a negotiation. After the failed negotiation attempts Brazil pushed for informal consultations in Geneva but South Africa did not respond to these requests. Accordingly, it is claimed, Brazil has no other option but to lodge the disputes at the WTO.

Brazil alleges that the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa’s investigation into the potential dumping of poultry did not comply with the WTO rules. The Brazilian Poultry Union (Ubabef) questions why Brazil will dump poultry in South Africa when it does not do so in the other 150 countries it exports to.

As for pork, South Africa has banned the entry of Brazilian pork products since 2005 citing health reasons as the reason for the ban.

The information above is a rough translation of information found on a variety of Brazilian websites which all rely on the report by Valor Economico.

If the matter progresses further, it will be first time that South Africa participates in a WTO dispute. South Africa has been a respondent at the WTO for the anti-dumping duties it levied against blanketing from Turkey, pharmaceutical products from India and uncoated woodfree paper from Indonesia, but these cases never proceeding further than a request for consultation.  South Africa has also been a third party in complaints against agricultural subsidies by the United States of America (in which we were involved) and domestic support and export credit guarantees for agricultural products by the United States of America. In both these cases, Canada, the complainant, withdrew its request to establish a panel at the WTO to hear the complaint.

via 06-06-2012 | Brazil given go ahead to commence WTO proceedings against South Africa.

Marfrig foodstuffs and meats group has obtained the certification hallmark from the Rainfores Alliance Institute, one of the main world organisation for the development of forest protection protocols. The organisation has over 25 years of experience in the USA.

The plant Marfrig possesses in Tangara de Serra, Mato Grosso State can trade its products with the “green hallmark for husbandry”, internationally acknowledged which certifies that the beef packed in the plant addresses 136 social and environmental criteria: reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, application of animal welfare, social conditions for the workers, etc.

The Sustainable Agriculture Network (RAS) has imposed these conditions and is who grants the Rainforest Alliance certification. The audit process was carried out by Imaflora.

James Cruden, Marfrig’s beef direction states that the company “is a pioneer for having implemented the most stringent requirements and for making the industry more sustainable”

The General Director of Husbandry Services of the Ministry of Husbandry, Uruguay, Francisco Muzio, is attending a meeting today in Brussels with the authorities of the European Sanitary Services to achieve a better positioning of Uruguay after that a recent European audit proved the sanitary strengths of Uruguay.

Muzio explained that despite the fact that in the last audits there were some reommendations, the solid Uruguayan sanitary system outstands with regards to its certification scheme and individual traceability, as well as it vigilance aspects and FMD vaccination.

Based on the assesment that the EU made of the Uruguayan sanitary system the DGSG will put forward to Brussels that there is no justification for the requirement to the EU exporting packers to concentrate the  animals 40 days prior to slaughter.

This point has been motive for claims from the farmers and cattle brokers due to the inconveniencies it causes to the commercial operation. Uruguay has demonstrated for several years now that there is no virus circulation, that keeps a strong vigilance system and that now possesses an individual animal identification system, hence, it is not necessary to quarantine the animals prior to slaughter.

The exports of bone in ovine products are in Muzio’s agenda for the meeting as well. This has already been requested on his former meeting.

BS says ranches mentioned by Greenpeace not on Ibama list

Brazil’s JBS, the world’s largest meat company, said on Wednesday it would sue environmental organization Greenpeace for what it called false claims that could cause it to lose business and hurt its image.

In a report it released this week, Greenpeace accused the company of breaking an accord that JBS and other Brazilian meat packers signed in 2009 promising not to purchase cattle raised on deforested pastures. Greenpeace said JBS had bought cattle raised on Indian reserves and other restricted areas.

JBS said in a market filing on Wednesday that all the accusations Greenpeace had made against it in the report were false and “lead society to a false conclusion.” It said would take Greenpeace to court for material damages and for making accusations harmful to its image.

JBS, which did not say how much it would seek in compensation, said the report could cause it to lose existing contracts and future business.

The report is part of an effort by Greenpeace and other environmentalists to highlight the role of food producers in the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. It comes in the run-up to Rio + 20, a United Nations summit on sustainable development being hosted by Brazil.

Although Brazil has made great strides over the past decade in slowing the pace of deforestation, ranchers remain among the main offenders behind continued clearcutting.

JBS’s Mercosur Regional President Jose Augusto de Carvalho said at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, held to address the report, that the company had so far not received any contract cancellations.

Carvalho said JBS had contracted an independent company to audit its purchases of cattle in the region that were called into question in the report.

JBS said in the filing that it is one of Brazil’s most advanced meatpackers in terms of sustainable business practices. It said the ranches deemed problematic by Greenpeace in the report are not flagged as irregular by Ibama, Brazil’s environmental regulator.

via Brazil’s JBS says suing Greenpeace after report | Reuters.