In 2021, China imported a total of 3.897 million tons of various dairy products, up 18.8% year-on-year, with an import value of US$13.36 billion, up 14.0% year-on-year. 2021, China imported a total of 2.536 million tons of various dairy products in the first three quarters of 2022, down 18.6% year-on-year, with an import value of US$10.69 billion, up 0.9% year-on-year.
China imports two main categories of dairy products: dried dairy products and liquid milk. 2021, China imported 2.611 million tons of dried dairy products, up 17.7% year-on-year, accounting for 65.9% of total imports that year, and US$11.49 billion, up 11.0% year-on-year, accounting for 83.1% of total imports that year. 1.770 million tons of dried dairy products were imported into China in the first three quarters of 2022 in the first three quarters of 2022, down 17.5% year-on-year, with imports of US$9.45 billion, up 2.4% year-on-year.
China's imports of dried dairy products mainly include large packaged milk powder, infant milk powder, cheese, cream, whey and condensed milk, etc. Researcher analysis shows that in 2021, China imported 1.275 million tons of large packaged milk powder, up 31.2% year-on-year, and the import value was US$4.60 billion, up 39.6% year-on-year. New Zealand is Chi
na's largest source of large packaged milk powder imports by import volume, with China importing 889,000 tons of New Zealand large packaged milk powder in 2021, accounting for 69.7% of total large packaged milk powder imports in that year.
When converted to raw milk, the top three sources of dairy imports into China in 2021 by import volume are New Zealand, the U.S. and Australia. According to Researcher analysis, dairy products imported from New Zealand accounted for 44.3% of total imports. By import volume, the top three sources of dairy products imports to China in 2021 are New Zealand, Australia and Germany, with imports from New Zealand accounting for 52.0% of total imports.
According to Researcher's analysis, consumption of dairy products will continue to expand as China's national income increases and its consumption structure is gradually optimized. Researcher expects China's dairy import demand to grow strongly from 2023-2032, as the production of imported dairy products is strictly monitored to ensure quality and international competitiveness.
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