[14 December/NZ Herald]

Dairy exports to China from the United States were down 47% in October due to retaliatory trade tariffs, which China imposed from July. But US dairy exports to other countries were up 14% in October, with large gains in sales to southeast Asia and Mexico, according to the US Dairy Export Council. US sales to China of whole milk powder, New Zealand’s main dairy export, were down 97% between July and October, compared with the same period in 2017, however total US whole milk powder exports had doubled this year the Council noted. US exports were on track for a record year despite flat sales on both a volume and value basis in October due to the sales loss to China. On a total milk-solids basis, US exports equalled 15.3% of US milk production in October. In other US export product sale categories in July to October, skim milk powder sales to China were down 54% (1333 tons per month), whey exports dipped 36% (6909 tons/month) and cheese exports fell 56% (752 tons/month). Exports to Mexico and southeast Asia, mostly Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia, were up 25% and 29% in October on a value basis, mostly on the strength of improved sales of skim-milk powder and non-fat dry milk.