Exporting under the dairy quota programme

The Dominican Republic, the European Union, Japan, and the United States of America are part of the dairy quota programme. These countries (known as the designated markets) have quotas in place that govern how much of certain dairy products will receive beneficial export rates.


If you're going to export to these countries, it's important to understand the dairy products you'll be able to export – and the requirements you'll need to meet.

What you need to know

If you want to export dairy products to the designated markets, you'll need to do so under the dairy quota programme. There are several steps to follow before you can export a product:

  • hold an export licence to export dairy quota products
  • receive export approval
  • hold an approved Quota Compliance Programme (QCP)
  • ensure you meet the import requirements of the designated market.

The designated markets

The Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA) 2001 (schedule 5A) lists the markets under the programme.

The table below shows these markets, the dairy products, the total quota allocation, and the quota year.

Designated marketProductTotal quota allocationQuota year

Dominican Republic

Milk Powder

4,800,000 kilograms

1 January to 31 December

European Union (EU)

Butter

74,693,000 kilograms

1 January to 31 December

European Union (EU)

Cheddar Cheese

7,000,000 kilograms

1 January to 31 December

European Union (EU)

Cheese for processing

4,000,000 kilograms

1 January to 31 December

USA

Low fat cheese

1,000,000 kilograms

1 January to 31 December

USA

Not specifically provided for (NSPF) cheese

6,506,528 kilograms

1 January to 31 December

USA

American type cheese

238,001
kilograms

1 January to 31 December

USA

Cheddar Cheese

5,403,532 kilograms

1 January to 31 December

Japan

Prepared edible fat

11,550,000 kilograms

1 April to 31 March in the following year

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