UK Dairy Exports

Published 16 May 19

In March 2019:

·         Latest figures show UK cheese exports this month were 20,723 tonnes, an increase of 2,319 tonnes (13%) from the same month last year

·         UK butter exports were 3,375 tonnes this month, which is 318 tonnes (10%) more than the same month last year.  

UK dairy exports (tonnes)
  Cheese Butter
Mar-18 18,404 3,057
Mar-19 20,723 3,375
% Change 12.6% 10.4%
Jan-Mar 18 49,526 8,305
Jan-Mar 19 56,701 12,293
% Change 14.5% 48.0%

Source: HMRC

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


Cumulative exports: January-March 2019

·        Cumulative totals show UK cheese exports are 14% higher than last year at 56,701 tonnes. Total exports of Cheddar were 2,774 tonnes higher (11%) than for the same period last year. Cheddar exports to EU destinations grew by 19% to total 22,276 tonnes for the year to date, while exports to non-EU destinations fell by 14% to 4,879 tonnes. Exports of territorial cheeses were down 22% on the year at 551 tonnes, while exports of other cheese varieties grew by 19%, amounting to an additional 4,553 tonnes.

·        UK exports of butter for the year so far were 12,293 tonnes, 3,988 tonnes (48%) more than a year earlier. Total exports to the EU were 4,946 tonnes (73%) higher than in the same period last year. Exports of both packet and bulk butter to the EU were up, with 78% of the additional tonnage being bulk butter. However, exports of both packet and bulk butter to non-EU destinations were down on the year; in total 958 tonnes (63%) less butter has been exported to non-EU destinations. 

UK Dairy Exports 

Source: PTF/HMRC

 Data from Jan-14 onwards sourced from HMRC, back data revised to Jan-18