UK Dairy Exports

Published 16 April 18

In February 2018:

·         Latest figures show UK cheese exports in February were 13,919 tonnes, 1,807 tonnes (15%) more than in February last year.

·         UK butter exports were 2,645 tonnes in February, which is 130 tonnes (5%) less than the same month last year.  

UK dairy exports (tonnes)
  Cheese Butter
Feb-17 12,111 2,776
Feb-18 13,919 2,645
% Change 14.9% -4.7%
Jan-Feb 17 24,003 5,606
Jan-Feb 18 28,630 4,862
% Change 19.3% -13.3%

Source: HMRC

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


Cumulative exports: January-February 2018

·        Cumulative totals show UK cheese exports are 19% higher than last year at 28,630 tonnes. Total exports of Cheddar were up 2,873 tonnes (27%). Cheddar exports to EU destinations grew by 23% to total 9,742 tonnes for Jan-Feb 2018, while exports to non-EU destinations rose by 43% to 3,598 tonnes. Exports of territorial cheeses were down by 3% to 444 tonnes while exports of other cheese varieties grew by 14%, amounting to an additional 1,766 tonnes.

·        UK exports of butter in Jan-Feb 2018 were 4,862 tonnes, 744 tonnes (13%) less than a year earlier. This was largely driven by reduced exports of bulk butter to the EU, which were 1,281 tonnes (27%) lower than the previous year. There was however a considerable rise in exports of packet butter to non-EU destinations, up 399 tonnes (287%) to 538 tones, though this is from a low base. Overall, packet butter exports rose by 439 tonnes from year earlier levels, equivalent to a 89% rise.

UK Dairy Exports 

Source: PTF/HMRC

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