Home-country Filipinos imported US$345.1 million worth of milk and cream in 2015, over twice the $167.3 million that the Philippines earned for its milk and cream exports to other countries over the same period.
Demand for imported milk in the Philippines slipped in value by almost a third (down -30.5%) from $496.7 million in 2011, which was significantly outpaced by the -53.1% decline in the value of Filipino milk exports over the same period.
So did most of the Philippines’ imported milk come from its neighboring trade partners or elsewhere?
Top 10 Milk Suppliers to the Philippines
Below are the 10 leading countries that provided the highest dollar value worth of milk and cream to the Philippines during 2015, sorted by dollar value in ascending order. Shown with parentheses is the percentage change in the value of Filipino imports bench-marked against amounts imported in 2011.
- United States: $106.5 million (30.9% of Filipino milk imports)
- New Zealand: $99.8 million (28.9%)
- Australia: $31.7 million (9.2%)
- Malaysia: $18.2 million (5.3%)
- Netherlands: $15.8 million (4.6%)
- France: $12.3 million (3.6%)
- Germany: $11.8 million (3.4%)
- Belgium: $10.7 million (3.1%)
- Canada: $8.6 million (2.5%)
- Poland: $8.3 million (2.4%)
The above ten suppliers provided 93.8% of the Philippines’ imported milk and cream in 2015. The top three Filipino milk sources were located outside Asia and account for over two-thirds (69%) of the overall value for milk and cream imports into the Philippines.
Fastest-Growing Milk Suppliers to the Philippines
The fastest-growing top source for milk and cream was Belgium, a European country 6,672 miles (10,738 kilometers) distant from the Philippines. The greatest decliner was New Zealand over the 5-year period, located 5,019 miles (8,077 kilometers) away from the Philippines.
- Belgium: $10.7 million (Up 970.6% since 2011)
- Malaysia: $18.2 million (Up 635.6%)
- Germany: $11.8 million (Up 516.1%)
- Netherlands: $15.8 million (Up 497.5%)
- Canada: $8.6 million (Up 354.1%)
- Poland: $8.3 million (Up 84.4%)
- France: $12.3 million (Up 15.8%)
- Australia: $31.7 million (Up 7.4%)
- United States: $106.5 million (Down -39.9%)
- New Zealand: $99.8 million (Down -54.8%)
Export opportunities to the Philippines persist despite the overall -30.5% drop in Filipino purchases of milk and cream from international sources. As the above list shows, milk and cream sales from eight of the top 10 suppliers increased in value from 2011 to 2015–some by significant amounts.
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