UK Dairy Imports

Published 17 August 18

In June 2018:

  • UK imports of Cheddar totalled 12,117 tonnes, 1,118 tonnes (10%) more than the same month last year.
  • Speciality cheese imports reached 34,859 tonnes in the month, a marginal increase of 64 tonnes (0.2%) compared with the same month last year.
  • Butter imports rose a marginal 0.6% on the year, totalling 5,735 tonnes for the month.
UK dairy imports (tonnes)
  Cheddar cheese Speciality cheese Butter
Jun-17 10,999 34,795 5,704
Jun-18 12,117 34,859 5,735
% Change 10.2% 0.2% 0.6%
Jan-Jun 17 42,170 187,074 26,462
Jan-Jun 18 52,511 192,427 28,096
% Change 24.5% 2.9% 6.2%

Source: HMRC

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


Cumulative imports: January-June 2018

  • Cumulative imports of Cheddar for Jan-June 2018 stood at 52,511 tonnes, an increase of 10,341 tonnes (25%) from the previous year. The increase was mostly due to higher imports from Ireland, with a total of 46,684 tonnes imported in the six months to June, 27% above the same period last year. 
  • Overall, cumulative imports of speciality cheese were up by 5,352 tonnes (3%) compared to the same period last year. EU sources accounted for most of the increase, particularly France, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. However, the increased volumes from these sources were offset by a 36% drop in imports from the Irish Republic, amounting to 9,625 fewer tonnes over the first six months of 2018.  Higher volumes of unripened fresh cheeses made up the bulk of the growth in speciality cheese imports. There was a drop in imports of processed, grated and powdered cheese products.
  • Cumulative butter imports were 1,634 tonnes (6%) higher compared to volumes imported in Jan-June 2017. This has been driven by higher volumes consistently being imported from Ireland, and also a spike in June means imports from the Netherlands are running 1,519 tonnes (103%) ahead of last year. This was partly counterbalanced by reduced imports from France and Poland. 75 tonnes of butter was imported from NZ in June, which is the only butter imported from outside the EU so far this year - down from 664 tonnes imported by this time a year ago. 

UK Dairy Imports

Source: PTF/HMRC

  Data from Jan-14 onwards sourced from HMRC, data from Jan-17 has been revised.