UK Dairy Exports

Published 14 November 18

In September 2018:

·         Latest figures show UK cheese exports in September were 15,270 tonnes, 1,821 tonnes (14%) more than in September last year.

·         UK butter exports were 3,007 tonnes in September, which is 383 tonnes (15%) more than the same month last year.  

UK dairy exports (tonnes)
  Cheese Butter
Sep-17 13,449 2,623
Sep-18 15,270 3,007
% Change 13.5% 14.6%
Jan-Sep 17 122,467 24,478
Jan-Sep 18 140,615 28,211
% Change 14.8% 15.3%

Source: HMRC

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


Cumulative exports: January-September 2018

·        Cumulative totals show UK cheese exports are 15% higher than last year at 140,615 tonnes. Total exports of Cheddar were up 11,415 tonnes (21%). Cheddar exports to EU destinations grew by 22% to total 52,249 tonnes for Jan-Sep 2018, while exports to non-EU destinations rose by 17% to 14,009 tonnes. Exports of territorial cheeses were down 14% on the year at 1,879 tonnes while exports of other cheese varieties grew by 11%, amounting to an additional 7,044 tonnes.

·        UK exports of butter over the period Jan-Sep 2018 were 28,211 tonnes, 3,733 tonnes (15%) more than a year earlier. Exports of packet butter were up 47% to 4,999 tonnes, while exports of bulk butter were up 13% at 23,213 tonnes. In total, exports to the EU were 6,250 tonnes higher in the nine months to September than for the same period last year, and 80% of the additional tonnage was bulk butter. This was offset by fewer exports of bulk butter sent to non-EU countries, which fell by 69% on previous year volumes to a total of 1,036 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