Monday, May 25, 2009

Dairy Imports

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%
Canada -40.90%
Italy -40.80%
Argentina 128.40%
Mexico 12.70%
Vietnam 28.00%
France -25.30%
Brazil -14.00%
Netherlands -13.30%
India 34.30%
China -98.80%
Chile -2.60%
Denmark -29.60%
Finland -7.10%
Australia 18.20%
All Other: -32.80%

The New Zealand, near monopoly co-op Fonterra holds more low tariff import permits than any other entity.

1 comment:

  1. As many of us struggle to buy the seed and fertilizer, to grow the crops, that will feed the livestock that will nourish this country, and beyond. Our beloved industry continues to collapse with a soft whimper.
    Imports may be "down" in general but consider this dumb idea; the United Nations estimates that there are 963 million under-nourished and hungry people in the world right now. Perhaps it would behoove us to give away, yes for free, any supposed "surplus" that we have, to the needy of the world?
    Then to help prevent these burdensome dairy surpluses from happening in this country again, we still need to severely limit dairy imports, limit production (I think all would agree shipping less milk for more money would be a good thing), and change the way the farmer is paid for the goods he brings to market.
    Jeff Suehring