January 10, 2018
US dairy export volumes in November highest in over a year
US dairy exports in November 2017 increased 6% from the previous year to 173,269 tonnes, the highest in more than a year, paced by record shipments of whey products, strong sales of cheese and milk powder, and improved volumes of butterfat, the US Export Council (USEC) said.
In a blog written by Alan Levitt, the USEC said the exports - the highest volume total since October 2016 - were valued at $474 million, up 8%.
Total whey exports reached a record-high 50,590 tonnes, up 10% from 2016. Sales to Southeast Asia (+22%) and China were the highest of the year, although China's total decreased 7% from November 2016. Shipments to South Korea and Japan increased 34% an 78%, respectively.
Exports of modified whey were up 18% in November, led by strong sales to China, while dry whey shipments were up 15%, also led by China, as well as Southeast Asia.
WPC (whey protein concentrate) exports were up 7%, spurred by good sales to Southeast Asia, but offset by lower sales to China).
WPI (whey protein isolate) was the outlier amongst the whey categories, trailing last year by 23%. WPI suppliers saw record-high sales to Japan, but a drop-off in sales to China, Canada and the EU.
Cheese exports increased 17% from a year before to 29,284 tonnes in November. Shipments to Australia were more than triple last year's volume, and sales to both the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) and Southeast Asia more than doubled.
Exports to Mexico and South Korea, however, were flat, and Japan posted a 10-month low.
Exports of NDM/SMP (nonfat dry milk/skimmed milk powder) in November totalled 55,044 tonnes, the highest since May, though still down 1% from 2016's strong volume. In November, sales to Pakistan increased nearly four-fold and shipments to the MENA region more than doubled compared with a year before.
Exports to Mexico and China were also higher. However, shipments to Southeast Asia - Philippines and Vietnam, in particular - continued to lag (-26% year-on-year).