Russia’s ban on Australian food exports has raised fears that it could depress dairy global dairy prices, which are already trending down.August 12, 2014 3:05am
Russia’s ban on Australian food exports has raised fears it could depress global dairy prices, which are already trending down.
Although some Australian dairy manufacturers don’t export to Russia in large quantities, the restriction on the European Union and the United States could lead to a glut of product which could cut demand.
The Fonterra Global Dairy Trade has reported two significant reductions in prices in the past two trading sessions.
Whole milk powder, skim milk powder and butter prices have been dropping since February on this market.
Bega Cheese chairman Barry Irvin said while it was too early to forecast the impact in detail, the trade ban would likely have a depressive effect on prices.
‘‘We are already in circumstances of global prices coming off,’’ Mr Irvin said.
‘‘It’s very difficult to calculate the exact impact because of the intricacies of global supply and demand.’’
He said Bega was not a direct exporter to Russia, but the EU and the US would find some of their products would be without a market.
Russia is an important market for Murray Goulburn, with almost $95
Managing director Gary Helou said the sanctions would have some impact on their ability to maximise returns as they placed this product into other markets.
‘‘Given the importance of Russia as an importer of dairy products, particularly from the EU, we will monitor the impact of the sanctions on global dairy market settings,’’ Mr Helou said.
Australian Dairy Industry Council chairman Noel Campbell said Russia was an important market for the Australian dairy industry.
Russia has introduced an embargo on agricultural products from Australia, the EU, US, Canada and others.
Those countries have imposed their own sanctions against Moscow over its policy in Ukraine.
Beef, pork, fruit, vegetables, poultry, fish, cheese, milk and dairy products are on the Russian-imposed sanctions list, announced last Thursday.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said it was disappointing Russia had retaliated rather than adhere to international concern and stop the flow of weapons to Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine.
It’s believed Russia supplied the weapon that was used to down flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people, including 38 Australians.
‘‘The Australian Government will do everything in its power to minimise the impact on Australian agricultural producers,’’ Ms Bishop said.
Australia had acted in line with others in the international community in imposing sanctions on Russia, she said.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the ban would start immediately and last one year unless ‘‘our partners demonstrate a constructive approach’’ with regards to sanctions.
Australia exported $405
Raising awareness about family violence's impact on children message of network's new poster
Police are currently at the scene of a double fatal collision involving two cars in at the Cahill Road, Gilmore Street and Woods Road intersection in Yarrawonga.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
The Echuca construction team behind Junction Moama has taken out one of the top honours at a regional building awards ceremony.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
About 7600 residents served by Goulburn Valley Water are affected by a boil-water advisory.
Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
A beauty pamper day has raised a whopping $18k to assist local lady Terri Bevan with her ongoing medical costs associated with her brain tumour
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
Cross-border rivals Cobram and Barooga football netball clubs will contest the 38th Cobram Courier Shield this weekend.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The G-MW Murray gravity irrigation system has received 35 per cent and the Goulburn system 42 per cent of allocation from July 1.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.