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US Dairy Exports Increased 7% In May; Dairy Imports Increased 14%


US dairy exports during May were valued at $539.2 million, up 7 percent from May 2018 and the highest monthly export value since March 2015, according to figures released Wednesday by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

Dairy exports during the first five months of 2019 were valued at $2.444 billion, up 3 percent from the first five months of 2018.

Dairy imports during May were valued at $297.8 million, up 14 percent from May 2018. During the January-May period, dairy imports were valued at $1.24 billion, up 2 percent from the same period in 2018.

Leading markets for US dairy exports during the first five months of this year, on a value basis, with comparisons to the first five months of last year, were: Mexico, $602.2 million, up 7 percent; Canada, $288.4 million, up 8 percent; China, $164.7 million, down 36 percent; South Korea, $162.2 million, up 27 percent; Japan, $126.9 million, up 10 percent; Philippines, $114 million, up 18 percent; Indonesia $96.7 million, up 21 percent; Vietnam, $75.4 million, up 19 percent; and Australia, $58 million, down 3 percent.

Cheese exports during May totaled 72.9 million pounds, up 11 percent from May 2018. The value of those exports, $137.5 million, was up 10 percent.
Cheese exports during the January-May period totaled 358.9 million pounds, up 7 percent from May 2018. The value of those exports, $653.1 million, was up 3 percent.

Leading destinations for US cheese exports during the first five months of 2019, on a volume basis, with comparisons to the first five months of 2018, were: Mexico, 85.3 million pounds, down 7 percent; South Korea, 72.9 million pounds, up 32 percent; Japan, 40.6 million pounds, up 20 percent; Australia, 20.2 million pounds, down 8 percent; Saudi Arabia, 10.4 million pounds, up 20 percent; Chile, 10.1 million pounds, down 8 percent; Guatemala, 8.9 million pounds, up 29 percent; China, 8.3 million pounds, down 47 percent; Taiwan, 8.1 million pounds, down 1 percent; United Arab Emirates, 8 million pounds, up 72 percent; and Dominican Republic, 7.9 million pounds, up 27 percent.

Nonfat dry milk exports during May totaled 140.3 million pounds, down 9 percent from May 2018. Nonfat dry milk exports during the January-May period totaled 628.4 million pounds, down 13 percent from the same period last year.

Dried whey exports during May totaled 29 million pounds, down 41 percent from May 2018. Dried whey exports during the first five months of 2019 totaled 153.4 million pounds, down 32 percent from the first five months of 2018.

May exports of whey protein concentrate totaled 25.7 million pounds, down 22 percent from May 2018. WPC exports during the January-May period totaled 100.8 million pounds, down 41 percent from a year earlie
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