Exports up for key dairy products

Published 20 March 19

UK exports were up in 2018 for butter, cheese and raw milk. Most of this growth has come from exports to the EU, our main export destination. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the tariffs these exports could face may disrupt the export situation as it currently stands.

Cheese exports were up 11% at 190,000 tonnes. Key growth countries included Ireland, Germany and Spain. Exports also increased to Malaysia, China, and Algeria, but from a low base.

Growth in UK dairy exports 2018

Butter* exports were up 14% at 62,000 tonnes. Additionally, higher prices boosted export value, up 23% at £275 million. The Netherlands and Belgium were key growth countries. Exports to regions outside the EU either declined, or were up by relatively low amounts.

Exports of milk (1-6% fat) rose 5% to 846,000 tonnes. Nearly all of this was raw milk crossing the Irish border into the Republic of Ireland.


*’Butter’ here refers to the trade category 0405 which also includes butteroil, spreadable butter and dairy spreads