UK Dairy Exports

Published 20 September 19

In July 2019:

  • Latest figures show UK cheese exports this month were 14,682 tonnes, an increase of 910 tonnes (7%) from the same month last year
  • UK butter exports were 3,208 tonnes this month, which is 577 tonnes (22%) more than the same month last year.  


UK dairy exports (tonnes)
  Cheese Butter
Jul-18 13,772 2,631
Jul-19 14,682 3,208
% Change 6.6% 21.9%
Jan-Jul 18 110,153 22,497
Jan-Jul 19 117,057 26,052
% Change 6.3% 15.8%



Source: HMRC

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


Cumulative exports: January-July 2019

·       Cumulative totals show UK cheese exports are 6% higher than last year at 117,057 tonnes. Total exports of Cheddar were 2,154 tonnes higher (4%) than for the same period last year. Cheddar exports to EU destinations grew by 7% to total 43,012 tonnes for the year to date, while exports to non-EU destinations fell by 7% to 10,386 tonnes. Exports of territorial cheeses were down 18% on the year at 1,204 tonnes, while exports of other cheese varieties grew by 9%, amounting to an additional 5,013 tonnes.


·       UK exports of butter for the year so far were 26,052 tonnes, 3,554 tonnes (16%) more than a year earlier. Total exports to the EU were 4,026 tonnes (20%) higher than in the same period last year. Exports of both packet and bulk butter to the EU were up, with 74% 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 472 tonnes (23%) 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