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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 (, 703-528-3049) and we’ll add it to the collection.


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


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.


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.


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. 


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


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.


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.


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.