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consumer incomes, the popularity of pizza, improvements in the quality of the products, promotional efforts of both domestic producers and importers, and increasing acceptance of specialty cheese varieties. U.S. production
U.S. production of the miscellaneous cheese increased from 1,223 million pounds in 1964 to 1,304 million pounds in 1967. U.S. output, by type, is shown in the following tabulation (in thousands of pounds):
861,869 : 149,092: 114,127 :
856,743 : 186,883: 111,194 : 1967---: 896,634 : 195,569 : 117,065 :
52,396: 45,332 : 1,222,786 53,030 45,166: 1,242,198 57,721 51,061 : 1,263,602 51,007: 43,786 : 1,304,147
Includes creamed and partially creamed cottage cheese.
In recent years, cottage cheese has accounted for nearly 70 percent of the total output of all cheeses shown above. Soft Italian-type cheese accounted for more than half of the increase in annual output between 1964 and 1967. The U.S. processors of Danish block cheese and Danish full skim cheese report that domestic sources are not interested in producing either of these products. 1/
The plants that produce cottage cheese are located throughout the United States, particularly in heavily populated areas; those that produce the other cheese herein considered are located mostly Many plants that produce various
in the North Central States.
Statement submitted on behalf of the Fischer Cheese Company, pp. 5 and 6.
manufactured dairy products make cottage cheese in order to utilize nonfat dry milk and skimmed milk, which are byproducts of the produc
Plants that produce the other types of cheese often specialize in the production of one or two varieties.
tion of butter.
In the period 1964-67, aggregate annual U.S. exports of the cheese considered here ranged from 2.7 million to 3.5 million pounds-equivalent to less than 1 percent of the annual production of such cheese during that period. The bulk of the exports consisted of process cheese. Canada, one of the principal markets for U.S. exports of this cheese for many years, took about three-fifths of the exports in 1967. Japan, Panama, the Bahamas, Venezuela, and the Philippine Republic also took considerable quantities.
Aggregate annual U.S. imports of the cheese discussed here, which had been increasing gradually for many years, rose from 8 million pounds in 1964 to 18 million pounds in 1966 and to 23 million pounds in 1967.
In the period January-September 1968, they amounted to 31 million pounds compared with 18 million pounds in the comparable period of 1967 (table 19). In 1967 imports were equivalent to about 2 percent of. domestic consumption. Although imports of the cheese valued over 25 cents per pound (table 20) still represent about half of the combined amount, they have increased less in the last several years than those of the lower-priced cheese (table 21).
As indicated earlier, imports of certain of the "other" cheese were made the subject of temporary quotas under section 22 by Proclamation No. 3870 issued on an emergency basis September 24, 1968. In this proclamation the President declared that the representative period on which the quotas on these cheeses were based was the calendar year 1967, the year in which imports reached their highest level (23 million pounds). The application of the quota to cheeses for which the purchase price is under 47 cents per pound was apparently based upon the view advanced by the spokesman for the Department of Agriculture at the hearing, that processed cheeses and cheeses for processing--i.e., the cheeses which are said to be materially interfering with the pricesupport programs for milk and butterfat--are so priced for export to the United States and that the natural cheeses for table use--i.e., cheeses which do not so interfere--are priced for export to the United States at 47 cents or higher per pound. On the basis of the best, but clearly inadequate, data available with respect to the value of imported cheeses, it would appear that the aggregate quota quantity of 17.5 million pounds proclaimed is equal to the quantity imported in 1967 for which the purchase price was under 47 cents per pound. are available from which to correlate the end use of imported cheeses with their purchase price.
U.S. imports of the other cheese considered here come from a score
A large part of the imports from that country consists
of Danish low-fat block cheese and Danish full skim cheese.
this cheese first entered on an experimental basis in 1965. 1/ In 1966 they amounted to about 3 million pounds, in 1967 to about 5 million pounds, and in the period January-June 1968 to about 4 million pounds. 2/ In 1967 they accounted for about half of the cheese entered from Denmark under the "other" cheese provisions and in the period January-June 1968 they accounted for about 60 percent. A sample of entry papers for the first 4 months of 1968 indicates that most of the Danish cheese imported, other than the low-fat block cheese and full skim cheese, is Harvarti, Camembert and Brie, and Munster. 3/ The average unit value of Danish cheese was some 40 to 50 cents per pound; that for the entries shown as Danish block cheese was about 18 cents per pound. The Danish block cheese is low in butterfat content. 4/
In recent years France, the second largest supplier of "other" cheese to the United States, has furnished from 12 to 19 percent of the total imports. A sample of entry papers of cheese from France in the first 4 months of 1968 indicates that the bulk of the identified cheese consisted of Camembert and Brie, Gourmandise, Beaumont, and Boursin cheese. The unit value of this cheese was generally 40 to 80 cents per pound; some was more than $1.00 per pound. In August or September 1968 about 4 million pounds of so-called imitation cream cheese were imported from France. This cheese, which had not
Statement submitted on behalf of the Fischer Cheese Company, p. 2. 2/ Ibid., p. 3.
About one-third of the entries represented cheese that was identified only by the designation "other cheese." 4/Statement submitted on behalf of the Fischer Cheese Company, p. 1.
previously been imported, is reportedly destined for processing into. cheese foods or cheese spreads. The reported unit value averaged about 15 cents per pound.
In recent years an increase in imports of the "other" cheese has been notable from West Germany, Sweden, Poland, and Finland, although these countries have not traditionally been large suppliers. Much of the imports from West Germany has consisted of Mozzarella, a cheese not important in international trade until recently. A witness at the hearing testified that the duty-paid cost of the West German cheese was 32 cents per pound delivered to his warehouse at New York City; 1/ the cost of the comparable domestic cheese is 46 to 47 cents per pound. 2/ The low unit value of the imports from Sweden, Poland, and Finland (tables 20 and 21) indicates that some of this cheese may be imported for processing.
Many trade sources testified at the hearing that imports of the "other" cheese, particularly that imported for sale at retail as natural cheese, have not increased significantly in recent years. imports of natural Gruyere from Switzerland, for example, increased gradually from 136,000 to 241,000 pounds during the period 1964-67. 3/
Imports of Bel Paese cheese from Italy increased from 249,000 to 259,000 pounds during 1964-67. 4/ The imports from Norway, consisting largely of varieties (goats' milk cheese) not made in the United States, increased from 980,000 pounds in 1964 to 1.5 million in
1/ Transcript of hearing, p. 265. 2/ Ibid., p. 269.
3/ Statement submitted on behalf of the Embassy of Switzerland, p. 30. Statement submitted by Bel Paese Sales, Inc., New York, New York.