[29 June/ Radio NZ]

Ten global dairy organisations including The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) and dairy industry leaders from Argentina, Australia, EU, Mexico and the US, are urging Canada to remove milk policies they say are depressing milk prices. DCANZ said Canada’s ‘Special Milk Class 7’ policies implemented in February 2017 were facilitating the unfair export of highly subsidised Canadian dairy products onto global dairy markets, and are also increasing Canada’s barriers to dairy imports. DCANZ has co-signed a letter asking their respective trade ministries to pursue all available avenues to stop Canada‚Äôs harmful dairy policies. Canadian exports of skim milk powder have increased by 275 percent between January and April 2017, which is concerning to a range of dairy exporters due to its potential to distort the international dairy market and depress prices.