After all, last January was a positive month, if compared to the same month of last year, for exports of some dairy and milk products form the European community: in terms of volume, milk cream exports increased (+21,8%), as did cheese exports (+13%), milk for infancy (+11,1%) and whole milk powder (+6,1%). We cannot say the same for other products: we have seen a decrease in exports related to serum powder (-0,5%), skim milk powder (-7,8%), butter (-37,1%) and packaged and unpackaged milk (-1,3%) (Source: www.clal.it)
In terms of value, prices per unit of EU exports for the 28 member countries for the month of January of this year, when compared to January 2016, increased for butter (+43,0%), whole milk powder (+24,4%) and skim milk powder (+9,8%), milk serum powder (+4.4%) and milk cream (+1,5%).
On the other hand, prices decreased for cheeses (-1%), milk for infancy (-7,2%) and for unpackaged and packaged milk (-4%). Total value of exports by volume was 384.285 tons, basically equal (+0,2%) to the same month of previous year. Definitely better performances in terms of value, with a 10,3% increase. (Source: www.clal.it)
As for cheese export from the EU community during January, the United States were the major importers, with a 1% increase equal to 9,986 tons for a 16% share. Second place for Japan, with a 47% increase and 7,695 tons. Third exporter was South Korea, which took the place of Switzerland, now fourth however increasing its exports by 5%. The Asian country scores an excellent 53% after its decrease in 2016, passing from 2,934 tons in 2016 to 4,479 ton this year. Fifth place for Saudi Arabia with a 4% increase. Now, we are expecting a further increase given the fact that January 2016 was the least profitable month (September being the most generous one, the only month last year breaking the 70,000 t threshold).