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EXPORTS OF U.S. DAIRY PRODUCTS TO JAPAN INCREASING EXPORT COUNCIL REPORTS
Agri-Pulse reports:

Japanese tariffs on U.S. cheese and other dairy products have dropped and trade is already increasing after the first phase of the U.S.-Japan trade pact went into effect on Jan. 1, says Jaime Castaneda, senior vice president for trade policy at the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

The increase in sales is great, Castaneda said, but the fact that the U.S. is now a level playing field with Australia, New Zealand and the EU for many dairy products is a major relief.

"Yes, we're expanding, but the critical element for dairy is that we're not going to lose our market share (in Japan)," he said.

Take note: Japan's tariffs on U.S. hard cheeses like cheddar, gouda and Monterey Jack fell from 29.8% to 26% on Jan. 1. That puts U.S. product even with countries in the EU and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. On Apr. 1, the Japanese tariff rate for all of the countries - including the U.S. - will fall again to 24.2%.


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