Cheese banned from Russia finds other markets

Published 27 January 16

The EU has made up for about two-thirds of the cheese exports lost to Russia following the trade ban imposed in 2014. Exports to Russia dropped more than 230k tonnes for Jan-Nov 2015 compared to 2013, but total EU cheese exports only fell by about 70k tonnes.

EU cheese exports have increased across a spread of countries, helping to offset the loss of the Russian market. Increases to the US, Japan and South Korea have been particularly strong, but multiple gains across other smaller markets have also added up significantly.

As a result, exports for Jan-Nov 2015 were 10% down compared to 2013, even though Russia previously absorbed about a third of the EU’s total cheese exports.

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