EU Dairy Imports

Published 23 May 16

In March 2016:

  • EU imports of WMP totalled 153 tonnes, 61% lower than the same month last year.
  • Imports of SMP were down 567 tonnes on the previous year, at 358 tonnes in March.
  • EU imports of butter and butteroil were at 1,878 tonnes, 39% lower than the previous year.
  • Cheese imports were 32% higher than March last year, at 6,765 tonnes.
  • Imports of whey totalled 753 tonnes, 3% higher than the previous year.
EU dairy imports (tonnes)
  WMP SMP Butter* Cheese Whey
Mar-15 389 925 3,099 5,142 732
Mar-16 153 358 1,878 6,765 753
% Change -60.8% -61.3% -39.4% 31.6% 2.9%
Jan-Mar 15 906 1,172 7,133 14,161 1,682
Jan-Mar 16 1,597 1,409 6,232 17,017 1,959
% Change 76.4% 20.2% -12.6% 20.2% 16.5%
 *Includes Butteroil
Source: Eurostat

Note: All data subject to retrospective changes. There may be marginal differences in percentages due to rounding.

 Cumulative imports: Jan-Mar 2016

  • Cumulative imports of WMP into the EU were 692 tonnes higher than the same period in 2015, reaching 1,597 tonnes.
  • Imports of SMP for Jan-Mar were 1,409 tonnes, an increase of 237 tonnes compared to the same months last year.
  • Butter and butteroil imports were down 13% to 6,232 tonnes.
  • Cheese import volumes increased 20% to 17,017 tonnes in Jan-Mar.
  • Whey powder imports increased 17% to 1,959 tonnes.

EU dairy imports