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In 2017, exports were equivalent to 14.7 percent of U.S. milk production on a total milk solids basis, the highest figure in three years.


In December 2017, exports were equivalent to 16.4 percent of U.S. milk production on a total-milk-solids basis. For the full year, exports represented 14.7 percent of production.


U.S. export volumes were an all-time high in 2017. On a value-basis, exports were the most in three years. Export volume was 4.00 billion lbs. of total milk solids, up 5 percent from the prior year. Export value finished at $5.48 billion, up 14 percent. 


In December, U.S. dairy exports were valued at $469 million, up 3 percent the prior year.


Mexico, Southeast Asia, Canada, China and Japan account for almost two-thirds of U.S. dairy exports. Exports all major markets were higher in 2017.


U.S. export volumes of SMP/NDM and whey products hit record highs in 2017. Meanwhile, cheese exports increased 19 percent, and butterfat exports were slightly higher, though volumes remain small. Lactose volumes were flat.


In 2017, SMP/NDM exports were up 1 percent, whey exports were up 9 percent,  cheese exports were up 20 percent and butterfat exports were up 14 percent.