China dairy goods' exports see massive fall
The latest General Administration of Customs (GAC) figures showed that only 1,036 tonnes of dairy products were exported in October, down 92 per cent year-on-year. From January to September, the monthly average export of dairy products was 12,000 tonnes.
The milk food scandal has created distrust in other China-made food products, and stunted their exports, too.
But the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) on economic, trade and food safety issues, which starts tomorrow, could prove to be the silver lining in Chinese exporters' dark clouds.
Struggling Chinese food products' exporters are pinning their hopes on the SED, for official sources have said it is "highly possible" that the two governments would reach an agreement to ease the restrictions on Chinese food exports to the US.
Sources in the China General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) also said the dialogue could at least pave the way for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to accept tests carried out by AQSIQ as independent, third-party certification.
Last month, the FDA issued an import alert on Chinese dairy products, making it almost impossible for many Chinese firms to export products to the US. The move came after industrial chemical melamine was found to have contaminated a wide range of milk products in China.