Personal shoppers, known as daigou, have experienced a significant shift in the type of orders they are receiving from Chinese customers amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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The traders, who buy Australian products and send them to middle-class consumers in China, are seeing milk powder demand drop and the market for face masks surge.

Dr Mathew McDougall, president of the Australia China Daigou Association, said milk powder would normally account for half of the orders, but demand had dropped as customers prioritised health products.

“Face masks are obviously the hottest item right now … the second would be hand sanitisers and hand wash, and then we’re getting vitamin requests for things that help protect against flu and colds,” he said.

However, this has come at the detriment of agricultural products, which have been put on the backburner as the coronavirus outbreak continues.

Dr McDougall said there had been a noticeable drop of orders for fresh fruit and meat.

Global Dairy Trade Event #306 concluded with the aggregate down 2.9%. Cheddar cheese was down 0.1%. Whole Milk Powder was 4.9% lower. Skim Milk Powder fell 0.6%. Butter dropped 1.0%

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