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Read about Australian dairy export markets.

Dairy export markets

Dairy Australia helps improve farm returns by providing a positive framework for our industry to develop high value export markets.

We do this through providing technical support to overcome international trade barriers and other distortions that prevent Australian farmers accessing a fair price for their product, and through market development programs that help deepen our relationships in key regions.

Because Australian dairy sells roughly 1/3 its production overseas, the farmgate milk price in many regions is closely aligned to export sales.

This short video provides insight into Dairy Australia's export market program...

Purpose of export market development: 

Dairy Australia helps to improve and maintain access to overseas markets to maximise potential returns to farmers. These include existing and emerging markets like Japan and China as well as emerging markets such as many of those across South East Asian and the Middle East.

Dairy Australia provides technical support for industry/government in policy negotiations that aim to improve Australia's access to key markets. Our International Market Development program aims to develop a preference for Australian dairy by reinforcing our position as a safe, trustworthy and reliable supplier of high value products.

Outcomes for farmers and the industry:

Increased market access promotes stronger demand for Australian dairy products, which helps underpin local farmgate milk returns and provides a framework for profitable industry growth. Strong relationships at an industry-wide level, help maintain Australia's position as a preferred supplier, which is important in maximising the unit value return on export sales.

The networks established through these international programs also play an important role in resolving trade policy issues, and in providing input into Dairy Australia's market intelligence programs.


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