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Chinese dairy imports continue to grow

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Staff Writer | September 13, 2017
Chinese dairy
Food trade   Strong liquid milk imports

Imports of dairy products into China have seen an uplift in June and July, helping to bring year-to-date figures to 5% above Jan-July 2016 on a tonnage basis.

A tightening market situation in China has given a positive opportunity for imports growth this year.

Looking at the past 5 years, imports have mostly been on a rising trend, with most products sitting at the highest cumulative levels. For SMP and WMP this is slightly different, due to exceptional import demand in 2014.

Despite this, powders remain robust, along with whey, while cheese and IMF have seen strong increases through the years. Compared to 2013, butter imports have increased a lot, although they have been relatively stable over the past 4 years.

Strong liquid milk imports have suffered a blip in 2017, due to reduced availability from the EU.


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