Cheese Imports by Country

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Worldwide purchases of imported cheese totaled an estimated US$31.3 billion in 2018.

Overall, the value of cheese imports declined by -3.6% for all importing countries since 2014 when international purchases of cheese were valued at $32.4 billion. Year over year, globally imported cheese appreciated by 2.9% from 2017 to 2018.

From a continental perspective, European countries bought the highest dollar worth of imported cheese during 2018 with purchases valued at $22.1 billion or 70.5% of the global total. In second place were Asian importers at 15.3% while 6.8% of cheese imported worldwide was delivered to North America. Smaller percentages were sold to Latin America (3.1%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Africa (2.1%) then Oceania (2%).

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for cheese and curd is 0406.

Cheese Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of cheese during 2018.

  1. Germany: US$4.4 billion (14% of total cheese imports)
  2. United Kingdom: $2.2 billion (7.2%)
  3. Italy: $2.1 billion (6.6%)
  4. France: $1.9 billion (6.1%)
  5. Belgium: $1.5 billion (4.9%)
  6. Netherlands: $1.5 billion (4.8%)
  7. United States: $1.3 billion (4.2%)
  8. Japan: $1.3 billion (4.1%)
  9. Spain: $1.2 billion (3.9%)
  10. Russia: $965.3 million (3.1%)
  11. Sweden: $675 million (2.2%)
  12. Austria: $571.4 million (1.8%)
  13. South Korea: $533.7 million (1.7%)
  14. Greece: $532.9 million (1.7%)
  15. Mexico: $515.4 million (1.6%)

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for cheese since 2014 were: Netherlands (up 22.4%), Japan (up 8.8%), South Korea (up 7.3%) and France (up 6%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported cheese purchases were led by: Russia (down -39%), Italy (down -15.8%), Sweden (down -8.4%) and Greece (down -7.9%).

The listed 15 countries purchased 67.9% of all cheese imports in 2018.

Germany

Cheese Imports into Germany

Germany’s global purchases of imported cheese totaled US$4.4 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Germany imported the highest dollar value worth of cheese during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Netherlands: US$1.2 billion (down -16.9% from 2014)
  2. France: $864.6 million (down -11.1%)
  3. Italy: $529.9 million (up 10.7%)
  4. Austria: $397.4 million (up 8.1%)
  5. Denmark: $336.2 million (down -10.7%)
  6. Switzerland: $311.2 million (down -2.6%)
  7. Greece: $154.2 million (up 7%)
  8. Poland: $97 million (up 87%)
  9. Ireland: $93.1 million (up 26.4%)
  10. United Kingdom: $65.9 million (up 25.3%)
  11. Belgium: $60 million (down -33.5%)
  12. Luxembourg: $59.3 million (down -52.9%)
  13. Slovakia: $55.8 million (up 156.4%)
  14. Spain: $36 million (up 47.9%)
  15. Latvia: $33.4 million (up 147.8%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.5% of Germany’s cheese imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cheese to Germany since 2014 were: Slovakia (up 156.4%), Latvia (up 147.8%), Poland (up 87%) and Spain (up 47.9%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cheese supplied to German importers included: Luxembourg (down -52.9%), Belgium (down -33.5%), Netherlands (down -16.9%) and France (down -11.1%).

Overall, the value of Germany’s cheese imports fell by an average -5.7% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cheese purchases were valued at $4.7 billion.

UK

Cheese Imports into the United Kingdom

United Kingdom’s global purchases of imported cheese totaled US$2.2 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the U.K. imported the highest dollar value worth of cheese during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Ireland: US$546.8 million (down -18.9% from 2014)
  2. France: $337.4 million (down -17.2%)
  3. Italy: $285.7 million (up 8.6%)
  4. Germany: $245.7 million (down -11%)
  5. Netherlands: $203.1 million (up 16.3%)
  6. Denmark: $187.2 million (up 7.7%)
  7. Belgium: $112.6 million (down -18.7%)
  8. Cyprus: $107.6 million (up 146%)
  9. Greece: $70.8 million (up 26.8%)
  10. Poland: $56 million (up 97.1%)
  11. Spain: $25.5 million (up 44.7%)
  12. Slovakia: $20.5 million (down -36.2%)
  13. Austria: $13.1 million (down -43.2%)
  14. Switzerland: $9.6 million (up 52.2%)
  15. Bulgaria: $4.2 million (up 48.9%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99% of United Kingdom’s cheese imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cheese to United Kingdom since 2014 were: Cyprus (up 146%), Poland (up 97.1%), Switzerland (up 52.2%) and Bulgaria (up 48.9%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cheese supplied to UK importers included: Austria (down -43.2%), Slovakia (down -36.2%), Ireland (down -18.9%) and Belgium (down -18.7%).

Overall, the value of United Kingdom’s cheese imports retreated by an average -6.2% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cheese purchases were valued at $2.4 billion.

Italy

Cheese Imports into Italy

Italy’s global purchases of imported cheese totaled US$2.1 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Italy imported the highest dollar value worth of cheese during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Germany: US$921.6 million (down -21.8% from 2014)
  2. France: $212.8 million (down -15.5%)
  3. Netherlands: $152.4 million (down -9.9%)
  4. Belgium: $119.1 million (down -24.3%)
  5. Lithuania: $103.6 million (down -11.6%)
  6. Spain: $89.1 million (down -7.8%)
  7. Poland: $84.2 million (down -3.9%)
  8. Czech Republic: $80.2 million (up 18.1%)
  9. Switzerland: $63 million (down -27.2%)
  10. Austria: $48.6 million (down -16.9%)
  11. Greece: $44.4 million (up 29.6%)
  12. Hungary: $32 million (down -16.5%)
  13. Denmark: $24.3 million (up 22.2%)
  14. United Kingdom: $21.3 million (down -32.9%)
  15. Slovenia: $12.4 million (up 5,905%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 97.8% of Italy’s cheese imported in 2018.

Four among the above countries grew their suppliers of cheese to Italy since 2014 namely: Slovenia (up 5,905%), Greece (up 29.6%), Denmark (up 22.2%) and Czech Republic (up 18.1%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cheese supplied to Italian importers included: United Kingdom (down -32.9%), Switzerland (down -27.2%), Belgium (down -24.3%) and Germany (down -21.8%).

Overall, the value of Italy’s cheese imports dwindled by an average -15.8% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cheese purchases were valued at $2.4 billion.

France

Cheese Imports into France

France’s global purchases of imported cheese totaled US$1.9 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which France imported the highest dollar value worth of cheese during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Italy: US$608.2 million (up 25.7% from 2014)
  2. Netherlands: $393.4 million (down -2.8%)
  3. Germany: $310.4 million (down -6.5%)
  4. Belgium: $132 million (up 26%)
  5. United Kingdom: $95.9 million (down -18.2%)
  6. Spain: $92 million (up 10.6%)
  7. Switzerland: $45.8 million (down -25.2%)
  8. Ireland: $43.4 million (down -1%)
  9. France: $39.9 million (up 40.8%)
  10. Denmark: $39.8 million (down -3.5%)
  11. Greece: $33.6 million (up 48.9%)
  12. Luxembourg: $10.6 million (up 13%)
  13. Poland: $10.1 million (up 13.1%)
  14. Austria: $9.9 million (down -25.9%)
  15. Czech Republic: $8 million (down -1.8%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99% of France’s cheese imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cheese to France since 2014 were: Greece (up 48.9%), France (up 40.8%), Belgium (up 26%) and Italy (up 25.7%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cheese supplied to French importers included: Austria (down -25.9%), Switzerland (down -25.2%), United Kingdom (down -18.2%) and Germany (down -6.5%).

Overall, the value of France’s cheese imports increased by an average 6% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cheese purchases were valued at $1.8 billion.



 

Searchable List of Cheese Importer Countries in 2018

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RankImporterCheese Imports (US$)%World Total
1.Germany$4.4 billion14%
2.United Kingdom$2.2 billion7.2%
3.Italy$2.1 billion6.6%
4.France$1.9 billion6.1%
5.Belgium$1.5 billion4.9%
6.Netherlands$1.5 billion4.8%
7.United States$1.3 billion4.2%
8.Japan$1.3 billion4.1%
9.Spain$1.2 billion3.9%
10.Russia$965.3 million3.1%
11.Sweden$675 million2.2%
12.Austria$571.4 million1.8%
13.South Korea$533.7 million1.7%
14.Greece$532.9 million1.7%
15.Mexico$515.4 million1.6%
16.China$513.2 million1.6%
17.Australia$508.5 million1.6%
18.Switzerland$437 million1.4%
19.Denmark$406.6 million1.3%
20.Czech Republic$403.5 million1.3%
21.Poland$395.2 million1.3%
22.Saudi Arabia$361.4 million1.2%
23.Finland$321.2 million1%
24.Luxembourg$313.2 million1%
25.Canada$290.7 million0.9%
26.Ireland$289.3 million0.9%
27.Romania$287.7 million0.9%
28.Portugal$244.1 million0.8%
29.Hungary$217.3 million0.7%
30.Slovakia$199.8 million0.6%
31.United Arab Emirates$195.5 million0.6%
32.Chile$194.9 million0.6%
33.Lebanon$181.4 million0.6%
34.Iraq$163.8 million0.5%
35.Taiwan$149.7 million0.5%
36.Philippines$142.7 million0.5%
37.Indonesia$136.7 million0.4%
38.Brazil$129.2 million0.4%
39.Malaysia$124.2 million0.4%
40.Croatia$122.4 million0.4%
41.Egypt$121.4 million0.4%
42.Slovenia$118.2 million0.4%
43.Norway$117 million0.4%
44.El Salvador$116.2 million0.4%
45.Morocco$109.8 million0.4%
46.Jordan$107.8 million0.3%
47.Algeria$107 million0.3%
48.Libya$104.4 million0.3%
49.Bulgaria$97.5 million0.3%
50.Singapore$95 million0.3%
51.Hong Kong$92.9 million0.3%
52.Thailand$89.6 million0.3%
53.Kuwait$81.5 million0.3%
54.Kazakhstan$76 million0.2%
55.Dominican Republic$73.8 million0.2%
56.New Zealand$67.5 million0.2%
57.Ukraine$66.8 million0.2%
58.Latvia$63 million0.2%
59.Panama$62.6 million0.2%
60.Guatemala$62.4 million0.2%
61.Israel$59.2 million0.2%
62.Lithuania$58.1 million0.2%
63.Qatar$57.5 million0.2%
64.Cyprus$57.4 million0.2%
65.South Africa$54.9 million0.2%
66.Bahrain$48.8 million0.2%
67.Bosnia/Herzegovina$46 million0.1%
68.Vietnam$44.6 million0.1%
69.Trinidad/Tobago$42.3 million0.1%
70.Estonia$40.2 million0.1%
71.Malta$38.9 million0.1%
72.Turkey$34.7 million0.1%
73.Oman$34.4 million0.1%
74.Peru$34 million0.1%
75.Mauritius$27.7 million0.1%
76.Serbia$27.1 million0.1%
77.Jamaica$26.6 million0.1%
78.Colombia$26.3 million0.1%
79.Cuba$26.1 million0.1%
80.Costa Rica$25.7 million0.1%
81.North Macedonia$24.2 million0.1%
82.Paraguay$22.3 million0.1%
83.Belarus$20.6 million0.1%
84.New Caledonia$19.5 million0.1%
85.Montenegro$18.8 million0.1%
86.Azerbaijan$18.7 million0.1%
87.Moldova$18.5 million0.1%
88.Yemen$17.5 million0.1%
89.Honduras$17.2 million0.1%
90.French Polynesia$16.7 million0.1%
91.Argentina$14.7 million0.05%
92.Sri Lanka$14.2 million0.05%
93.Namibia$14.1 million0.05%
94.Andorra$13.9 million0.04%
95.Tunisia$13.2 million0.04%
96.Pakistan$13.1 million0.04%
97.Angola$13.1 million0.04%
98.Curaçao$12.7 million0.04%
99.Senegal$12.4 million0.04%
100.Bahamas$11.7 million0.04%
101.Uruguay$11.6 million0.04%
102.Barbados$11.6 million0.04%
103.Albania$11.1 million0.04%
104.Georgia$10.7 million0.03%
105.Palestine$10.4 million0.03%
106.Aruba$10.2 million0.03%
107.India$9.9 million0.03%
108.Macao$8.6 million0.03%
109.Guyana$8.5 million0.03%
110.Belize$7.8 million0.02%
111.Nicaragua$7.5 million0.02%
112.Bhutan$7 million0.02%
113.Brunei Darussalam$6.3 million0.02%
114.Bermuda$6.2 million0.02%
115.Botswana$6.1 million0.02%
116.Fiji$6.1 million0.02%
117.Ivory Coast$6.1 million0.02%
118.Armenia$6.0 million0.02%
119.Cabo Verde$6.0 million0.02%
120.Myanmar (Burma)$5.9 million0.02%
121.Faroe Islands$5.9 million0.02%
122.Zambia$5.9 million0.02%
123.Haiti$5.6 million0.02%
124.Iceland$5.6 million0.02%
125.Cambodia$5.5 million0.02%
126.Suriname$5.1 million0.02%
127.Greenland$4.9 million0.02%
128.Mongolia$4.8 million0.02%
129.Uzbekistan$4.8 million0.02%
130.Maldives$4.5 million0.01%
131.Mozambique$4.5 million0.01%
132.Syrian Arab Republic$4.4 million0.01%
133.Madagascar$4.2 million0.01%
134.Papua New Guinea$4.1 million0.01%
135.Saint Lucia$4.1 million0.01%
136.Zimbabwe$4.0 million0.01%
137.Gabon$3.8 million0.01%
138.Nigeria$3.6 million0.01%
139.Eritrea$3.6 million0.01%
140.Democr. Rep. Congo$3.4 million0.01%
141.Turkmenistan$3.3 million0.01%
142.Bolivia$3.2 million0.01%
143.Eswatini$3.2 million0.01%
144.Seychelles$3.0 million0.01%
145.Bangladesh$2.8 million0.01%
146.Kyrgyzstan$2.6 million0.01%
147.Cayman Islands$2.6 million0.01%
148.Ghana$2.5 million0.01%
149.Cameroon$2.5 million0.01%
150.Grenada$2.4 million0.01%
151.St Maarten (Dutch)$2.3 million0.01%
152.Gibraltar$2.2 million0.01%
153.Mali$2.2 million0.01%
154.Afghanistan$2.1 million0.01%
155.Djibouti$2.0 million0.01%
156.Nepal$2.0 million0.01%
157.Congo$1.9 million0.01%
158.Kenya$1.9 million0.01%
159.Ethiopia$1.8 million0.01%
160.Benin$1.7 million0.01%
161.St Vincent/Grenadines$1.6 million0.01%
162.Lesotho$1.5 million0.005%
163.Antigua and Barbuda$1.4 million0.005%
164.Sao Tome/Principe$1.3 million0.004%
165.Equatorial Guinea$1.2 million0.004%
166.St Kitts/Nevis$1.1 million0.003%
167.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$1.0 million0.003%
168.Dominica$1.0 million0.003%
169.Ecuador$972,0000.003%
170.Malawi$951,0000.003%
171.British Virgin Islands$897,0000.003%
172.Togo$895,0000.003%
173.Samoa$886,0000.003%
174.Tanzania$789,0000.003%
175.Turks/Caicos Islands$782,0000.003%
176.Tajikistan$756,0000.002%
177.Guinea$746,0000.002%
178.Cook Islands$742,0000.002%
179.St. Pierre/Miquelon$738,0000.002%
180.Liberia$687,0000.002%
181.Niger$667,0000.002%
182.Laos$603,0000.002%
183.Vanuatu$577,0000.002%
184.Tonga$572,0000.002%
185.Chad$521,0000.002%
186.Sierra Leone$507,0000.002%
187.Central African Republic$494,0000.002%
188.Burkina Faso$418,0000.001%
189.Uganda$374,0000.001%
190.Timor-Leste$340,0000.001%
191.Sudan$317,0000.001%
192.Wallis/ Futuna Islands$270,0000.001%
193.Anguilla$261,0000.001%
194.Somalia$252,0000.001%
195.Mauritania$224,0000.001%
196.Solomon Islands$216,0000.001%
197.Saint Helena$207,0000.001%
198.Venezuela$197,0000.001%
199.Norfolk Island$170,0000.001%
200.Guinea-Bissau$149,0000.0005%
201.Iran$143,0000.0005%
202.Comoros$132,0000.0004%
203.Rwanda$109,0000.0003%
204.Micronesia$109,0000.0003%
205.Marshall Islands$102,0000.0003%
206.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$102,0000.0003%
207.Nauru$102,0000.0003%
208.South Sudan$80,0000.0003%
209.Northern Mariana Is$70,0000.0002%
210.Niue$66,0000.0002%
211.Gambia$53,0000.0002%
212.US Minor Outlying Is$39,0000.0001%
213.North Korea$33,0000.0001%
214.Palau$19,0000.0001%
215.French S./Antarctic Terr$12,0000.00004%
216.Burundi$11,0000.00004%
217.Kiribati$11,0000.00004%
218.Tokelau$10,0000.00003%
219.Montserrat$9,0000.00003%
220.Tuvalu$4,0000.00001%


See also Cheese Exports by Country, Top Milk Imports by Country and Top Pasta Exporters by Country

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The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 6, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 6, 2019

Wikipedia, Cheese. Accessed on May 6, 2019