CLAL.it outlines the import and export trade flows of Cheese, Butter and AMF, Milk Powders, Whey and WPC, Condensed Milk, Packed and Bulk Milk, Lactose, Casein and Caseinates by the main international players.
The graph outlines, in the given period, the comparison between the wholesale price of SMP in some selected countries (USA, Germany, Oceania).
To note that following the peak of the prices in 2001, mainly owing to the progressive shortage of stocks (EU 2000-2001), and the further growth in consumption by some countries such as Middle East countries, the Philippines, etc. (generally countries producing oil), now the wholesale price of SMP in the mentioned countries is fairly the same. Such trend being the result of the progressive cut of EU refunds (this policy supports the export prices) and of the signing of multinational agreements in the frame of the WTO.
Additional considerations on this interesting topic may be made:
with regard to Poland,(formerly a Peco-Country that in 2004 joined the EU25, a country usually producing milk in excess compared to domestic consumption), the trend of wholesale price of SMP has recently reached the price levels of SMP produced in Germany, although Poland is not yet using the Euro currency. To note that the European price of SMP is growing steady and becoming at similar level in the EU countries.