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President's Message

Welcome to the Cheese Importers Association of America. This website is a wonderful resource and provides members and prospective members ways to learn how our organization can help.

We represent the firms that are responsible for the majority of the cheese imports into the United States. Other firms and companies find value in membership to our association because of either their service to our industry or their involvement in distribution of cheeses to the U.S. consumers.

Our Association's primary mission is to help our members understand regulatory issues. It is our responsibility to communicate with all appropriate government agencies that have jurisdiction over our type of business and the products we sell. We are very well positioned to stay abreast of and negotiate in regulatory, legislative and trade issues that impact our industry. We immediately analyze and communicate this type of information to our members through very up-to-date email bulletins on a regular basis. We take action with these U. S. agencies as necessary either working through our own committees or with the help of legal counsel and/or professional lobbyists.

Our efforts make it possible for an efficient marketplace for cheese imports, a contributing factor to the success for the industry for all specialty cheeses – imported and domestic.

We value your interest in our association and hope you will become engaged and active in the Cheese Importers Association of America either by involvement in the organization and committees or by attending our functions.

Tom Gellert


04-09-2014 : Department of Commerce Import Statistics February 2014

03-13-2014 : Senate Letter to Vilsack re: Support for Common Cheese Names

03-11-2014 : Department of Commerce Import Statistics January 2014

02-10-2014 : Department of Commerce Import Statistics December 2013

02-04-2014 : CIAA Comments on FSVP Proposed Rule

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SIAL Retailer Trip

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Annual Dinner Gala

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2014 CIAA Dinner Gala
Friday, 5/2/14 @ 6:30 pm

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Intern Program

The CIAA summer internship program is now accepting applications. Due by February 14, 2014.

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Upcoming Events

05-01-2014 09:30 AM : CIAA Member Meeting

05-02-2014 6:30 PM : CIAA Dinner Gala

10-18-2014 : SIAL Trip 2014

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