Lifting of China’s ban on SA wool brings welcome relief for local industry

Agri SA and the National Wool Growers’ Association of South Africa (NWGA) are relieved to learn that the South African government has secured the agreement of the government of China to lift the ban on South African wool exports.

The ban jeopardised more than 35,000 jobs and an additional 4,500 seasonal jobs. With more 70-80% of South Africa’s clip exported to China annually, the impact of the ban could have been devastating.

We want to thank Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, and Minister for Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel, as well as the Directors General of these departments for their working in securing this relief. This is an example of what can be achieved through effective partnership between industry and Government.

Media Enquiries

Christo van der Rheede

Agri SA, Executive Director

083 380 3492

Leon de Beer

NWGA, General Manager

082 890 6625