UK Dairy Exports

Published 13 July 18

In May 2018:

·         Latest figures show UK cheese exports in May were 16,940 tonnes, 2,355 tonnes (16%) more than in May last year.

·         UK butter exports were 3,626 tonnes in May, which is 196 tonnes (6%) more than the same month last year.  

UK dairy exports (tonnes)
  Cheese Butter
May-17 14,585 3,430
May-18 16,940 3,626
% Change 16.1% 5.7%
Jan-May 17 65,308 14,125
Jan-May 18 77,537 14,943
% Change 18.7% 5.8%

Source: HMRC

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


Cumulative exports: January-May 2018

·        Cumulative totals show UK cheese exports are 19% higher than last year at 77,537 tonnes. Total exports of Cheddar were up 6,250 tonnes (21%). Cheddar exports to EU destinations grew by 23% to total 26,864 tonnes for Jan-May 2018, while exports to non-EU destinations rose by 18% to 8,505 tonnes. Exports of territorial cheeses were down slightly on the year at 1,086 tonnes while exports of other cheese varieties grew by 17%, amounting to an additional 6,021 tonnes.

·        UK exports of butter over the period Jan-May 2018 were 14,943 tonnes, 819 tonnes (6%) more than a year earlier. Exports of packet butter were up 50% to 2,770 tonnes, but exports of bulk butter were down 1% at 12,174 tonnes. In total, exports to the EU were 1,989 tonnes higher in the five months to May than for the same period last year, and 73% of the additional tonnage was bulk butter. This was offset by fewer exports of bulk butter sent to non-EU countries, which fell by 61% on previous year volumes to a total of 987 tonnes for the year to date. However there was also a relatively large increase in exports of packet butter to non-EU countries, rising by 388 tonnes (76%) on the year to 902 tonnes - a large rise from a small base.

UK Dairy Exports 

Source: PTF/HMRC

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