Demand for cheese at both retail and food service markets has held steady, in the West, this week. Export demand is steady, as current lower market prices are favorable to international purchasers. Purchasers in Asian markets are, reportedly, a strong driver of current export demand. Cheese market prices are lower. Since last Wednesday, the price for cheese blocks on the CME have fallen by $0.2150, while the barrel price has fallen by $0.2225. Contacts report a need to move available product quickly, as warehouse space is limited. Delays to loads, in the region, have led to a buildup of inventories. Load delays are occurring due to a shortage of truck drivers, limited available shipping supplies, and port congestion. While milk production has passed it seasonal peak, cheese producers continue to run busy schedules to work through available supplies.