UK Dairy Exports

Published 19 February 19

In December 2018:

·         Latest figures show UK cheese exports this month were 14,998 tonnes, a decrease of 454 tonnes (3%) from the same month last year

·         UK butter exports were 2,869 tonnes this month, which is 570 tonnes (25%) more than the same month last year.  

UK dairy exports (tonnes)
  Cheese Butter
Dec-17 15,452 2,299
Dec-18 14,998 2,869
% Change -2.9% 24.8%
Jan-Dec 17 167,603 30,709
Jan-Dec 18 187,066 35,802
% Change 11.6% 16.6%

Source: HMRC

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


Cumulative exports: January-December 2018

·        Cumulative totals show UK cheese exports are 12% higher than last year at 187,066 tonnes. Total exports of Cheddar were 11,150 tonnes higher (15%) than for the same period last year. Cheddar exports to EU destinations grew by 17% to total 68,897 tonnes for Jan-Dec 2018, while exports to non-EU destinations rose by 7% to 17,943 tonnes. Exports of territorial cheeses were down 18% on the year at 2,701 tonnes, while exports of other cheese varieties grew by 10%, amounting to an additional 8,891 tonnes.

·        UK exports of butter over the period Jan-Dec 2018 were 35,802 tonnes, 5,093 tonnes (17%) more than a year earlier. Exports of packet butter were up 5% to 6,422 tonnes, while exports of bulk butter were up 19% at 29,380 tonnes. In total, exports to the EU were 8,570 tonnes higher in 2018 than in 2017, and 83% of the additional tonnage was bulk butter. This was offset by fewer exports of bulk butter sent to non-EU countries, which fell by 67% on previous year volumes to a total of 1,152 tonnes for the year. 

UK Dairy Exports 

Source: PTF/HMRC

 Data from Jan-14 onwards sourced from HMRC, back data revised to Jan-17