UK Dairy Exports

Published 21 September 18

In July 2018:

·         Latest figures show UK cheese exports in July were 14,170 tonnes, 607 tonnes (4%) less than in July last year.

·         UK butter exports were 2,628 tonnes in July, which is 557 tonnes (27%) more than the same month last year.  

UK dairy exports (tonnes)
  Cheese Butter
Jul-17 14,778 2,071
Jul-18 14,170 2,628
% Change -4.1% 26.9%
Jan-Jul 17 94,200 19,977
Jan-Jul 18 110,416 22,497
% Change 17.2% 12.6%

Source: HMRC

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


Cumulative exports: January-July 2018

·        Cumulative totals show UK cheese exports are 17% higher than last year at 110,416 tonnes. Total exports of Cheddar were up 9,714 tonnes (23%). Cheddar exports to EU destinations grew by 25% to total 40,576 tonnes for Jan-July 2018, while exports to non-EU destinations rose by 17% to 11,116 tonnes. Exports of territorial cheeses were down on the year at 1,468 tonnes while exports of other cheese varieties grew by 13%, amounting to an additional 6,644 tonnes.

·        UK exports of butter over the period Jan-July 2018 were 22,497 tonnes,2,520 tonnes (13%) more than a year earlier. Exports of packet butter were up 52% to 4,218 tonnes, while exports of bulk butter were up a more modest 6% at 18,279 tonnes. In total, exports to the EU were 4,679 tonnes higher in the seven months to July 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 70% on previous year volumes to a total of 1,012 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