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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 outlier

 

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).

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