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Ottawa sets up rules for imports of cream in instances of domestic shortage

August 30, 2016

The Government of Canada introduced a pilot domestic market shortage policy for cream that sets out clear criteria for the assessment of supplement import authorization requests submitted as a result of temporary domestic supply shortages.

Ottawa's objective in introducing this pilot policy is to create a predictable environment for the Canadian dairy industry to overcome challenges during a time of unprecedented growth in consumer demand for dairy products, as well as for products using butter or cream as ingredients.

Under the pilot project, supplemental import authorizations for cream for manufacturing purposes would normally be issued only in situations where the government judges that the impact on the national industrial milk production quota will be minimal and would result in growth in the national dairy market.

The Government says it will monitor the impact of the new policy on Canada's dairy sector over the coming months.

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