UK Dairy Exports

Published 17 January 19

In November 2018:

·         Latest figures show UK cheese exports this month were 16,680 tonnes, an increase of 719 tonnes (5%) from the same month last year

·         UK butter exports were 2,804 tonnes this month, which is 869 tonnes (45%) more than the same month last year.  

UK dairy exports (tonnes)
  Cheese Butter
Nov-17 15,961 1,935
Nov-18 16,680 2,804
% Change 4.5% 44.9%
Jan-Nov 17 152,151 28,410
Jan-Nov 18 172,030 32,930
% Change 13.1% 15.9%

Source: HMRC

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


Cumulative exports: January-November 2018

·        Cumulative totals show UK cheese exports are 13% higher than last year at 172,030 tonnes. Total exports of Cheddar were 11,625 tonnes higher (17%) than for the same period last year. Cheddar exports to EU destinations grew by 19% to total 63,470 tonnes for Jan-Nov 2018, while exports to non-EU destinations rose by 10% to 16,724 tonnes. Exports of territorial cheeses were down 14% on the year at 2,519 tonnes, while exports of other cheese varieties grew by 11%, amounting to an additional 8,661 tonnes.

·        UK exports of butter over the period Jan-Nov 2018 were 32,930 tonnes, 4,520 tonnes (16%) more than a year earlier. Exports of packet butter were up 8% to 5,955 tonnes, while exports of bulk butter were up 18% at 26,975 tonnes. In total, exports to the EU were 7,757 tonnes higher in the eleven months to November than for the same period last year, and 84% of the additional tonnage was bulk butter. This was offset by fewer exports of bulk butter sent to non-EU countries, which fell by 70% on previous year volumes to a total of 1,036 tonnes for the year to date. 

UK Dairy Exports 

Source: PTF/HMRC

 Data from Jan-14 onwards sourced from HMRC, back data revised to Jan-17