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The History Of AMIE

AMIE was founded in 1996

The History of AMIE

The Constitution was adopted at the first Annual General Meeting held in 1997.

The Association was founded with the purpose to be the mouthpiece of the meat and poultry import and export industry in South Africa and to look after the interest of its members, as contained in the constitution.
Through hard work and dedication, AMIE has won the trust of stakeholders in South Africa and abroad and is widely recognised as the mouthpiece of the industry. In the last few years, AMIE has strived to work towards transparent, unbiased, and objective decision-making, policies, and regulations. To view some of the activities the organisation has been involved in Click Here.
As the industry grows, new challenges face the value chain, as we have seen and felt in a very real way with the Covid-19 Pandemic. AMIE stays committed to working tirelessly on its members’ behalf to ensure sustainable growth and development in the South African meat and poultry imports and exports industry.

AMIE is officially recognised nationally by

• DALRRD (Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development)
• ITAC / DTI (International Trade Access Commission)
• SARS / CUSTOMS (South African Revenue Services)
• NAMC (National Agriculture Marketing Council)
• DOH (Department of Health)

AMIE is also a member of the Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) the Policy body for the Red Meat Industry, as well as the South African Meat Industry Company (SAMIC), and holds a seat on the board of directors.
Globally AMIE is recognised by numerous meat, poultry, and export associations and councils.

This privileged position of trust enables AMIE to be involved in many matters to the benefit of its members and the South African meat import and export industry as a whole. Some of these are:

  • Tariff determination
  • Market access
  • Trade Barriers
  • Import Duties
  • Dumping Duties
  • And other matters relating to fair trade

An example of such involvement is AMIE’s support of the Red Meat Industry application for a proportional statutory levy on the Red Meat Industry and is a beneficiary of this levy.

AMIE’s current main focus areas are:

  • Sustainable trade (with a specific focus on market access and tariffs)
  • Fair trade (Equal opportunity and level playing field for all participants)