making a difference for dairy

Dairy Delivers®: The Economic Impact of Dairy Products
Advocacy: Dairy Counts
Knowledge Center
Risk Gap Analysis by Berrian
FDA Milk Safety Memoranda
Trade Toolkit - a Resource for the U.S. Dairy Industry
Tariff Schedules
State Legislative Affairs
Buyers' Guide

                                                                                               
About Membership
Membership Categories
Benefits of Membership
How to Become a Member
Membership Lists
Searchable Membership Directory
Membership Briefings
                                                                                               
 
 
Twitter LinkedIn

Statement from Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President & CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), on 2019 U.S. Dairy Exports

Feb 05, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Matt Herrick
(202) 220-3537
mherrick@idfa.org  

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2020—
“Despite significant disruptions in trade throughout 2019, U.S. dairy exports surged to $5.93 billion last year—a level unseen since the high-water mark of 2014, proving that American dairy continues to be the bright spot among an otherwise sluggish agricultural export market. 
 
“This growth is a testament to America’s dairy industry, which continues to innovate, build new customer bases around the world, and deliver a high-quality product known for consistency, safety, and deliciousness. Two decades ago, U.S. dairy was almost completely a domestic market. But the past 20 years have been transformational. During that time, U.S. dairy exports increased 5X, and the United States became the world’s third-largest dairy product exporter. Now, more than two-thirds of U.S. milk production growth goes to exports. 
 
“With this good news in hand, our task now is to grow markets for the future. In five years, we need to be exporting 20-25 percent of our overall production to consumers everywhere—consumers who, by the way, love American dairy products. 

“Achieving export growth in dairy requires rules based, market-oriented trade deals. Deals with Canada, Mexico, Japan, and China are just the beginning. Our competitors—like the EU—are snapping up trade agreements around the world. We need to act with urgency. Therefore, IDFA will continue to advocate, on behalf of the dairy industry to the White House, Congress, and our trading partners to end retaliatory tariffs, restore our reputation for reliability, and level the playing field for our dairy companies and producers. 

“With more than 95 percent of potential customers living outside the United States, expanding access to international markets is essential for the future America’s dairy industry. We cannot achieve this growth alone—we need the Administration’s support and the support of our elected officials to continue growth in U.S. dairy exports.”  
 
Additional Background on USDA’s Export Data Release
 
USDA today released U.S. agricultural export data for December 2019, completing the full picture for exports in 2019. In total, dairy exports were $5,930,850,462, up 8% from 2018. Here are the top five markets and products: 
 
Top 5 markets (value):
Mexico: $1,545,490,296 – up 11% from 2018
Canada: $666,285,371 – up 4% from 2018
China: $373,586,256 – down 25% from 2018
S. Korea: $332,157,767 – up 14% from 2018
Japan: $282,649,972 – up 5% from 2018
 
Top 5 products (value): 
Milk concentrated (powders): $1,795,072,208 – up 20% from 2018
Cheese and curd:  $1,545,478,160 – up 6% from 2018
Whey – unchanged from 2018
Milk not concentrated (fluid, cream, etc.): $122,219,346 – up 14% from 2018
Buttermilk: $102,738,196 – up 17% from 2018
 
 
Dairy Delivers