Exports of Total Dairy Products from the United States
Bureau of the Census data for the first 5 months of 2000 show that the pace of U.S. dairy product exports is running ahead of that of 1999. For the first 5 months of 200, the total value of dairy exports was $406 million compared to $347 in the same period of 1999. On a product basis, most of the increase is due to the higher value of nonfat dry milk (NDM) and whole milk powder (WMP) exports under the Dairy Export Incentive Program (DEIP). Most exports of butter and butteroil, nonfat dry milk, and whole milk powder (WMP) are made with DEIP assistance. Census data show the both quantity and value of NDM exports are up approximately 50 percent.
Relative to non-DEIP commodities, thus far in 2000 the whey complex has shown the most growth. This is especially true for dried whey and whey protein concentrate. Most other dairy products such as cheese, ice cream, infant formula and lactose are running ahead of last year, often by 10 percent or more. Even fresh milk and condensed milk exports which have tended to decline in recent years, are running ahead of last years pace
On a regional basis, the value of shipments to Canada is running ahead of last year and, at least temporarily has put that country in top spot. The pace of exports to Mexico is down slightly, mainly due to the pattern of DEIP shipments rather than to a decline in demand. Exports to Japan, the number 3 market are up more than 10 percent reflecting the renewed growth in the Pacific Rim countries. Direct shipments to China have also shown strong growth.