UK Dairy Exports

Published 12 April 19

In February 2019:

·         Latest figures show UK cheese exports this month were 18,033 tonnes, an increase of 4,094 tonnes (29%) from the same month last year

·         UK butter exports were 4,028 tonnes this month, which is 1,382 tonnes (52%) more than the same month last year.  

UK dairy exports (tonnes)
  Cheese Butter
Feb-18 13,939 2,645
Feb-19 18,033 4,028
% Change 29.4% 52.3%
Jan-Feb 18 31,122 5,249
Jan-Feb 19 35,878 8,915
% Change 15.3% 69.9%

Source: HMRC

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


Cumulative exports: January-February 2019

·        Cumulative totals show UK cheese exports are 15% higher than last year at 35,878 tonnes. Total exports of Cheddar were 1,812 tonnes higher (12%) than for the same period last year. Cheddar exports to EU destinations grew by 16% to total 14,093 tonnes for the year to date, while exports to non-EU destinations fell by 3% to 3,479 tonnes. Exports of territorial cheeses were down 17% on the year at 370 tonnes, while exports of other cheese varieties grew by 20%, amounting to an additional 3,017 tonnes.

·        UK exports of butter for the year so far were 8,915 tonnes, 3,666 tonnes (70%) more than a year earlier. Total exports to the EU were were 4,310 tonnes (104%) higher than in the same period last year. Exports of both packet and bulk butter to the EU were up, with 77% 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 643 tonnes (59%) 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