For imports of dairy in general, there was a reduction of 9.1% in the first quarter of 2009 but, the price was up 2.3%. For MPCs there was an increase of 24.6% and an increase in the price per unit of 23.2%. No one is importing MPCs to sit unused.
Data for the first three months of 2009 is available. The following list shows the change for the first quarter of 2009 compared with the first quarter of 2008.
New Zealand 41.20%
All Other: -32.80%
The New Zealand, near monopoly co-op Fonterra holds more low tariff import permits than any other entity.