Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says government has made considerable progress on outstanding issues on US pork and beef imports, but an agreement has not yet been reached.
Davies was speaking at a media briefing on the African Growth and Opportunity Act, known as AGOA, with other cabinet ministers in Pretoria.
Davies explained the present status of the trade deal with the US: "We have submitted a proposal, we are waiting to hear the answer too. The outstanding matter is the question on Salmonella (This is a bacteria which makes people sick), there was a meeting on 31 December 2015, they did not conclude and we are awaiting a response on the proposal of the beef."
Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana added that in the process of negotiating with the US, South Africa has not lowered its trade standards, by any means.
"South Africa bases its health animal requirements on the world organization for animal health quotas. So, we are not lowering or heightening, we are sticking to the standards that were set globally on which the United States is part of."
Video: Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies briefs the media on AGOA