Milk-protein concentrate imports have surged more 600 percent since 1995 creating an artificial surplus of proteins in this country.
Because the government has to spend extra money in the form of price-support program expenditures, these imports become even more of a problem to dairy producers and taxpayers alike.
To combat the problem, the National Milk Producers Federation recently asked Congress to set limits on the imports of milk-protein concentrate (MPC) and casein, a related dairy protein, by offering three written approaches to the problem.
The three approaches set before Congress are:
- To mandate that U.S. custom services reclassify MPC products and casein under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. This would require customs to reclassify milk proteins and resolve the problem of dairy proteins circumventing trade statutes.
- For congress to request the U.S. International Trade Commission conduct an investigation of the MPC import situation. The results of this would help producers generate information to prompt potential trade actions by federal officials.
- Allowing U.S. customs to review the nature of the products labeled as MPC coming into the country. If they are blends of dairy proteins, NMPF asks they be reclassified and subject to tariff-rate quotas applying to nonfat dry milk.
For more information on the activities concerning this issue, go to the NMPF Web site at: www.nmpf.org