Witvlei wants EU beef quota split equally

04 Jun 2014 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUN (NAMPA) – Witvlei Meat wants the Norwegian beef quota to be split equally between all qualifying partners to ensure the long-term survival of competitors or new entrants.
Witvlei Meat Managing Director Hendri Badenhorst in a letter addressed to the Chairperson of the Meat Board of Namibia, Patricia Gurubes said the company’s board of directors will meet with its partners in Norway from 09 to 10 June 2014.
The letter was made available to the media on Monday
“Two motions will then be considered - a motion to approach the Norwegian government to split the beef quota equally between all qualifying participants – meaning an equal split between the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC), Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) and Witvlei Meat, and any new qualifying participant in future; alternatively, to approach the Norwegian government to take away the benefits associated with this quota all together,” he noted.
He noted that both motions are intended to ensure the long-term survival of competitors or new entrants, adding that it will also guarantee the development of competitive industries in both Namibia and Botswana, and an equal playing field for all partners in the future.
In communication between Badenhorst and Gurubes issued on 31 May 2014, he accused Meatco of abusing its position to 'consolidate the industry into the monopoly that it once was”.
Gurubes informed Badenhorst that she took note of the concerns and would respond in due course.
Meanwhile, the chairperson of Witvlei Meat Sydney Martin told Nampa in April this year the export beef producer will continue its fight to get a fair share in the Norway export beef quota, and might take the matter to the Supreme Court.
Namibia’s quota to export 1 600 tonnes of beef a year to Norway free of trade tariffs was shared equally by Meatco (800 tonnes) and Witvlei Meat (800 tonnes) since 2010.
The quota allocation was changed in late December 2013 with the allocation of an export quota of 100 tonnes to the Keetmanshoop-based Brukkaros Meat Processors, while the share of the quota allocated to Meatco was increased to 1 200 tonnes and Witvlei Meat’s share was cut to 300 tonnes.
Martin also alleged that court documents in his possession indicated that Brukkaros has no European Union (EU) approval to export beef to Norway yet.