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US Dairy Exports Rose 15% In April; Dairy Imports Increased 9%

US dairy exports during April were valued at $518.4 million, up 15 percent from April 2017 and the second straight month in which US dairy exports topped $500 million, according to figures released Wednesday by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

During the first four months of this year, dairy exports were valued at $1.886 billion, up 7 percent from the first four months of last year.

US dairy imports during April were valued at $237.3 million, up 9 percent from April 2017. During the January-April period, dairy imports were valued at $948.8 million, up 4 percent from the same period in 2017.

Leading destinations for US dairy exports, on a value basis, during the first four months of 2018, with comparisons to the first four months of 2017, were: Mexico, $436.9 mllion, up 1 percent; Canada, $210.9 million, down 1 percent; China, $202.6 million, up 13 percent; South Korea, $98.7 million, up 3 percent; Japan, $96 million, up 17 percent; Philippines, $76.2 million, down 5 percent; Indonesia, $68.8 million, up 38 percent; Australia, $52.5 million, down 7 percent; and Vietnam, $50.6 million, up 17 percent.

US cheese exports during April totaled 72.3 million pounds, up 22 percent from April 2017. Cheese exports during the first four months of 2018 totaled 268 million pounds, up 14 percent from the first four months of 2017.

Leading destinations for US cheese exports during the January-April period, on a volume basis, with comparisons to a year earlier, were: Mexico, 72.6 million pounds, up 6 percent; South Korea, 42.8 million pounds, up 13 percent; Japan, 28.2 million pounds, up 34 percent; Australia, 19.4 million pounds, down 5 percent; China, 13.1 million pounds, up 65 percent; Chile, 9.2 million pounds, up 39 percent; and Saudi Arabia, 7.4 million pounds, up 28 percent.

Nonfat dry milk exports during April totaled 166.8 million pounds, up 36 percent from April 2017. NDM exports during the first four months of 2018 totaled 568.7 million pounds, up 27 percent from the first four months of 2017.

Exports of dried whey during April totaled 40.2 million pounds, up 8 percent from April 2017. January-April dried whey exports totaled 174.9 million pounds, up 23 percent from a year earlier.

Whey protein concentrate exports during April totaled 43.6 million pounds, up 87 percent from April 2017.

WPC exports during the first four months of this year totaled 140.8 million pounds, up 36 percent from the first four months of last year.

Lactose exports during April totaled 83.8 million pounds, up 23 percent from April 2017. Lactose exports during the January-April 2018 period totaled 309.3 million pounds, 19 percent higher than during the same period in 2017.

April butter exports totaled 5.1 million pounds, up 53 percent from April 2017. Butter exports during



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