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US Dairy Exports Increased 17% In Sept.; Dairy Imports Rose 28%

US dairy exports during September were valued at $501.1 million, up 17 percent from September 2018, according to figures released Tuesday by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

Dairy exports during the first nine months of 2019 were valued at $4.37 billion, up 4 percent from the first nine months of 2018.

US dairy imports during September were valued at $281.1 million, up 28 percent from September 2018.

Dairy imports during the first nine months of this year were valued at $2.37 billion, up 10 percent from the first nine months of last year.

Leading markets for US dairy exports during the January-September 2019 period, on a value basis, with comparisons to a year earlier, were: Mexico, $1.13 billion, up 9 percent; Canada, $502 million, up 4 percent; China, $278.6 million, down 31 percent; South Korea, $263.1 million, up 17 percent; Japan, $218.8 million, up 4 percent; Philippines, $194.1 million, up 1 percent; Indonesia, $162.5 million, up 28 percent; Vietnam, $120.7 million, up 7 percent; and Australia, $113 million, down 4 percent.

Cheese exports during September totaled 60.4 million pounds, up 12 percent from September 2018. The value of those exports, $125.7 million, was up 20 percent.

Cheese exports during the first nine months totaled 604.8 million pounds, up 3 percent from the first nine months of last year. The value of those exports, $1.15 billion, was also up 3 percent.

Leading markets for US cheese exports during the January-September 2019 period, on a volume basis, with comparisons to the same period last year, were: Mexico, 150.9 million pounds, down 7 percent; South Korea, 110.9 million pounds, up 13 percent; Japan, 63.5 million pounds, up 6 percent; Chile, 18.5 million pounds, up 4 percent; and Saudi Arabia, 16.8 million pounds, up 24 percent.

Nonfat dry milk exports during September totaled 144 million pounds, up 25 percent from September 2018. NDM exports during the first nine months of 2019 totaled 1.09 billion pounds, down 11 percent from the first nine months of 2018.

Exports of dried whey during September totaled 27.4 million pounds, down 22 percent from September 2018.

Dried whey exports during the January-September totaled 263 million pounds, down 32 percent from a year earlier.

September exports of whey protein concentrate totaled 23.6 million pounds, down 6 percent from September 2018. Whey protein concentrate exports during the first nine months of this year totaled 198.1 million pounds, down 27 percent from the first nine months of last year.

Lactose exports during September totaled 47.9 million pounds, down 13 percent from September 2018. Lactose exports during the first nine months of 2019 totaled 484.2 million pounds, down 9
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