The global trade in cheese and curd amounted to 26,811 million USD in 2015, showing notable fluctuations over the period under review. A significant drop in 2009 was followed by recovery over the next two years, until exports slightly decreased again. Overall, there was an annual increase of +2.4% from 2007 to 2015.
According to estimates, Germany continued to dominate in the global supplies of cheese and curd. In 2015, Germany’s cheese and curd exports totaled 3,753 million USD, which accounted for a 14% share of global exports. Netherlands, France, Italy, and USA were the other key global suppliers of cheese and curd in 2015, with a 40% combined share of global exports.
USA (+17% per year) and Italy (+3.9% per year) were the fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2015.
The USA strengthened its position in the global export structure, growing its share from 2% in 2007 to 5% in 2015.
On the other hand, Germany (14%, based on value terms), the UK (7%), Italy (7%), France (6%), and USA (5%) were the leading destinations of cheese and curd imports in 2015. Imports to France grew at a quick pace of +3.8% per year from 2007 to 2015. By contrast, Italy slightly contracted its imports of cheese and curd over the same period. Every major importer saw a contraction in its share of imports over the period under review.
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) have urged the Trump Administration not to retreat from pursuing new trade opportunities in the Pacific Rim, and to protect the agricultural trade relationship between the United States and Mexico.
The US dairy sector exports 15 per cent of its milk production, or one day’s worth of milk production out of each week. In 2015, those exports were worth over $5 billion, and helped generate more than 120,000 jobs in dairy farming, manufacturing and related sectors.
The US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) announces that former US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join the organization as president and CEO, effective 1 February 2017.
Indian and Russian representatives attending the Gulfood event in Dubai have discussed the export of Indian dairy products to Russia. Negotiations took place between Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, and Santosh Sarangi, Joint Secretary of the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India. The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) specialists, as well as Indian businessmen took part in the meeting.
During the meeting the parties discussed dairy product export to the Russian Federation and agreed to address a Russian-Indian Protocol on safe export of finished dairy products from India to Russia. The two countries plan to negotiate the issue in a teleconference in the beginning of March, 2016.