|October 26, 2004, as reported
by just-food.com: A surge in butter imports has caused panicked
U.S. producers to call for higher tariffs on foreign products. According
to the National Milk Producer Federation 2004 imports of butter are
up 89 percent when compared to the same period in 2003.
The request comes after the latest U.S. figures on butter imports
indicate they have broke through the pre-determined safeguard level.
The threshold, an acceptable trade practice under international
rules, allows the USDA to impose higher-than-normal tariffs on foreign
products. The USDA reported butter imports through September at
13,888 tonnes, or 101% of the pre-determined safeguard level.
The government is likely to comply, since it took similar action
two years ago, raising safeguard tariffs on American-type cheese
Virginia-based NMPF represents nearly 50,000 producers who produce
most of the nation's dairy products.