UK Dairy Exports

Published 12 July 19

In May 2019:

  • Latest figures show UK cheese exports this month were 16,534 tonnes, a decrease of 450 tonnes (3%) from the same month last year
  • UK butter exports were 4,504 tonnes this month, which is 877 tonnes (24%) more than the same month last year.  


UK dairy exports (tonnes)
  Cheese Butter
May-18 16,984 3,626
May-19 16,534 4,504
% Change -2.6% 24.2%
Jan-May 18 80,113 15,330
Jan-May 19 87,239 20,098
% Change 8.9% 31.1%

Source: HMRC

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


Cumulative exports: January-May 2019

·       Cumulative totals show UK cheese exports are 9% higher than last year at 87,239 tonnes. Total exports of Cheddar were 2,851 tonnes higher (8%) than for the same period last year. Cheddar exports to EU destinations grew by 12% to total 32,804 tonnes for the year to date, while exports to non-EU destinations fell by 8% to 7,841 tonnes. Exports of territorial cheeses were down 19% on the year at 882 tonnes, while exports of other cheese varieties grew by 11%, amounting to an additional 4,479 tonnes.

·       UK exports of butter for the year so far were 20,098 tonnes, 4,768 tonnes (31%) more than a year earlier. Total exports to the EU were 5,583 tonnes (42%) 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 815 tonnes (43%) 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