UK Dairy Imports

Published 12 April 19

In February 2019:

  • UK imports of Cheddar totalled 12,466 tonnes, 6,183 tonnes (98%) more than the same month last year.
  • Speciality cheese imports reached 31,582 tonnes in the month, an increase of 3,082 tonnes (11%) compared with the same month last year.
  • Butter imports rose 49% on the year, totalling 5,802 tonnes for the month.
UK dairy imports (tonnes)
  Cheddar cheese Speciality cheese Butter
Feb-18 6,284 28,500 3,889
Feb-19 12,466 31,582 5,802
% Change 98.4% 10.8% 49.2%
Jan-Feb 18 11,288 57,727 7,410
Jan-Feb 19 19,977 62,079 11,569
% Change 77.0% 7.5% 56.1%

Source: HMRC

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


Cumulative imports: January-February 2019

  • Cumulative imports of Cheddar for the year so far stood at 19,977 tonnes, an increase of 8,689 tonnes (77%) from the previous year. The increase was due to higher imports from Ireland, with a total of 18,667 tonnes imported so far, double the same period in 2018.
  • Overall, cumulative imports of speciality cheese were up by 4,353 tonnes (8%) compared to the same period last year. This growth came from EU sources, particularly France, Ireland, Italy, and Cyprus. Higher volumes of unspecified cheeses made up the bulk of the growth in speciality cheese imports, as well as unripened fresh cheeses and grated and powdered cheeses. There was a drop in imports of processed, cheese products.
  • Cumulative butter imports were 11,569 tonnes for the year so far, (56%) higher than in 2018. Elevated imports from the Netherlands have continued into 2019, putting year-to-date imports at 2,317 tonnes - ten times more than the same period last year. Imports from Germany and Ireland are also up, about 1,100 tonnes higher for each. However, it should be noted that Dutch and German imports were relatively low this time last year. So far, no butter has been imported from outside the EU. 

UK Dairy Imports

Source: PTF/HMRC

  Data from Jan-14 onwards sourced from HMRC, data from Jan-18 has been revised.