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These downloadable graphs, tables and infographics help illustrate the U.S. dairy export story. Is there another visual you’d like to see? Contact Alan Levitt (alevitt@usdec.org, 703-528-3049) and we’ll add it to the collection.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.