Top Charts

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 2016, U.S. dairy exports were valued at $4.83 billion, down 10 percent from the prior year.

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In 2016, exports were equivalent to 14.2 percent of U.S. milk production on a total milk solids basis. This is up slightly from 2015, when 14.0 percent of production was exported.

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In April 2017, exports were equivalent to 14.6 percent of U.S. milk production on a total-milk-solids basis. In the first four months of the year, exports represented 14.1 percent of production.

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U.S. export volumes were slightly higher in 2016, though exports were lower on a value basis. Export volume was 3.81 billion lbs. of total milk solids, up 4 percent from the prior year. Export value finished at $4.83 billion, down 10 percent. 

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In April, U.S. dairy exports were valued at $461 million, up 23 percent from the prior year.

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Mexico, Southeast Asia, Canada, China and South America account for more than two-thirds of U.S. dairy exports. Exports to Canada were higher in 2016, but sales to the other four regions all declined from prior-year levels.

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U.S. export volumes of SMP/NDM, whey products and lactose hit record highs in 2016. Meanwhile, cheese exports dropped 9 percent, and butterfat exports were slightly higher, though volumes remain small.

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In the four months of 2017, SMP/NDM exports were up 16 percent, whey exports were up 22 percent and cheese exports were up 15 percent. Butterfat exports, however, are at an eight-year low.