Dairy leaders working to add cheese, other products to Chinese waiver list
A National Milk Producers Federation official says the list of 696 U.S. products granted tariff waivers by the Chinese is missing several dairy products. Jaime Castaneda tells Brownfield, “The list included powders and included other products, but particularly, the missing obvious one was cheese, however, that doesn’t mean that there cannot be a request by manufacturers or buyers in China to include that product into the waiver.”
Castaneda says China granted waivers for milk and cream, whey, lactose, and infant formula but that leaves a lot of potential dairy products without access to the Chinese market. He says if Chinese importers ask for additional waivers, their government might grant them. “We are working with our members but we’re also working with those in China that could be requesting this addition.”
Castaneda says the National Milk Producers will keep working with the U.S. Dairy Export Council, which has maintained relationships in China to help importers acquire additional products with lower tariffs. China will begin accepting additional tariff waiver applications for any U.S. product on March 2nd.
Jaime Castaneda discusses Chinese tariff waivers with Brownfield’s Larry Lee