UK Dairy Imports

Published 18 September 19

In July 2019:

  • UK imports of Cheddar totalled 6,986 tonnes, 993 tonnes (-12%) less than the same month last year.
  • Speciality cheese imports reached 31,894 tonnes in the month, a decrease of 5,711 tonnes (15%) compared with the same month last year.
  • Butter imports were marginally up on the year, totalling 5,894 tonnes for the month.
UK dairy imports (tonnes)
  Cheddar cheese Speciality cheese Butter
Jul-18 7,979 37,605 5,865
Jul-19 6,986 31,894 5,894
% Change -12.4% -15.2% 0.5%
Jan-Jul 18 60,247 230,765 33,750
Jan-Jul 19 69,239 233,363 35,291
% Change 14.9% 1.1% 4.6%

Source: HMRC

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


Cumulative imports: January-July 2019

  • Cumulative imports of Cheddar for the year so far stood at 69,239 tonnes, an increase of 8,992 tonnes (15%) from the previous year. The increase was due to higher imports from Ireland, particularly in the first quarter of 2019. 65,448 tonnes have been imported from Ireland so far, 25% more than the same period in 2018.
  • Overall, cumulative imports of speciality cheese were up by 2,598 tonnes (1%) compared to the same period last year. This growth came from EU sources, particularly France, Italy, Cyprus, and Germany. Higher volumes of unspecified cheeses made up the bulk of the growth in speciality cheese imports, as well as unripened, grated and powdered cheeses. There was a drop in imports of Edam and Brie.
  • Cumulative butter imports were 35,291 tonnes for the year so far, 5% higher than in 2018. That said, imports are moving to be more in line with year-ago figures. Imports from Germany and the Netherlands make up the bulk of the growth.  Dutch imports total 4,685 tonnes for the year so far, 24% more than same period last year. 3,730 tonnes have been imported from Germany, well over double the imports in the same period last year. This is mainly due to the difference in Q1 imports, as Q1 2018 was particularly low. 

UK Dairy Imports

Source: PTF/HMRC

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