Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 13 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association, who have contracts to sell 1.506 million pounds (683 metric tons) of Cheddar, Colby, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheese to customers in Asia, Central America, the Middle East and North Africa. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from August through December 2016.
So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives who have contracts to sell 32.161 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 8.373 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat) and 21.301 million pounds of whole milk powder to 21 countries on five continents. The sales are the equivalent of 640.740 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis. Totals have been adjusted due to cancellations.
Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program in the long-term helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them. This, in turn, positively affects all U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.
The amount of dairy products and related milk volumes reflect current contracts for delivery, not completed export volumes. CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when export and delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.