The new trade agreements between Japan and other countries will put U.S. dairy exports at a competitive disadvantage. U.S. Dairy Export Council President and CEO Tom Vilsack cites the Japan’s trade agreements with Australia, New Zealand and the European Union. “They basically now tilt the playing field to our competitors; we will lose market share to the tune of potentially $90 million and over the next five years, the cumulative impact will be $185 million of lost opportunity.” USDEC commissioned a study that calculates the loss of market access. Cheese would feel the most significant negative impact, but other dairy ingredients will also feel the pain. “At a time when we’re looking for every single dollar we can in the market, we can’t afford to let that happen.”
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