Shoprite Tariffying stuff… oh, shut up.
After the crippling slugfest between American producers and our own Ministry of Trade and Industry over tariffs on US chicken imports, a fresh scuffle has broken out about the fate of the 65,000 duty-free tons now allowed across our borders. Half of this, you see, goes to previously disadvantaged middlemen, and the rest is divided among retailers according to historical import volumes. Shoprite, for one, are having none of it. While they understand the whole previously disadvantaged thing, they say, they are concerned that the middleman situation will prevent needy consumers from benefitting from the low low prices. And they are also concerned that import volumes do not equate to actual sales. Their words: “Shoprite believes that using historical imports to determine the allocation of the quota is disingenuous since it by definition, penalises retailers who have supported the local producers for many years.”
Comment: Shoprite sells 60% of all frozen chicken flogged locally, you know what we mean, so it’s fair to say that they’re very much entitled to an opinion on this one.