Archive: PSA receives 100,000 tonnes of cheese in just two weeks

Published 25 September 14

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Between 8 September and 21 September just over 100,000 tonnes of cheese entered the Private Storage Aid (PSA) scheme for cheese, which was introduced to alleviate the impact of the Russian ban. The majority was offered by Italy, yet the country exported just 7,200 tonnes of cheese to Russia in 2013. Ireland offered almost 6,000 tonnes more cheese than it exported to Russia in all of 2013.

On 23 September, the European Commission announced it was repealing the PSA scheme for cheese, because of the disproportionate volumes offered. It is unknown when the quantities already in the scheme will be released. The Commission is to honour applications for aid made up until 22 September, provided it does not exceed the maximum quantity of 155,000 tonnes of cheese. 

Country

Quantity of cheese   offered into Private Storage (Tonnes)

% of total offered

% of EU-28 exports   to Russia, 2013

Germany

57

0%

15%

Ireland

7,109

7%

0%

France

269

0%

4%

Italy

83,956

84%

3%

Latvia

30

0%

2%

Lithuania

150

0%

14%

The Netherlands

6,098

6%

24%

Austria

419

0%

1%

Sweden

2,375

2%

0%

EU-28 total

100,464

 

Source: MMO, UN Comtrade

Notes: Quantities offered between 8 September and 21 September

No cheese offered into PSA by other countries