Cheese Imports by Country

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Worldwide purchases of imported cheese totaled US$30 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of cheese imports declined by -4.6% for all importing countries since 2013 when international purchases of cheese were valued at $31.4 billion. Year over year, global imported cheese appreciated by 12.5% from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported cheese during 2017 with purchases valued at $20.6 billion or 68.7% of the global total. In second place were Asian importers at 17.1% while 6.7% of cheese imported worldwide was delivered to North America. Smaller percentages belong to Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (3.2%), Oceania (2.2%) then Africa (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 2017.

  1. Germany: US$4.2 billion (14.1% of total cheese imports)
  2. United Kingdom: $2.01 billion (6.7%)
  3. Italy: $1.96 billion (6.6%)
  4. France: $1.7 billion (5.8%)
  5. Netherlands: $1.42 billion (4.7%)
  6. Belgium: $1.41 billion (4.7%)
  7. United States: $1.23 billion (4.1%)
  8. Japan: $1.16 billion (3.9%)
  9. Spain: $1.15 billion (3.8%)
  10. Russia: $929 million (3.1%)
  11. Sweden: $657.2 million (2.2%)
  12. Saudi Arabia: $656.3 million (2.2%)
  13. Australia: $555 million (1.9%)
  14. South Korea: $535.8 million (1.8%)
  15. Mexico: $518.1 million (1.7%)

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for cheese since 2013 were: Australia (up 40%), Netherlands (up 36.5%), South Korea (up 32.9%) and Mexico (up 7.9%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported cheese purchases were led by: Russia (down -57.1%), Italy (down -19.4%), Belgium (down -11.3%) and United Kingdom (down -11.1%).

The listed 15 countries purchased 67.4% of all cheese imports in 2017.

Germany

Cheese Imports into Germany

Germany’s global purchases of imported cheese totaled US$4.2 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Germany imported the highest dollar value worth of cheese during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Netherlands: US$1.2 billion (down -11% from 2013)
  2. France: $854.6 million (down -4.9%)
  3. Italy: $469.7 million (up 8.2%)
  4. Denmark: $391.7 million (up 0.1%)
  5. Austria: $358.6 million (up 9.7%)
  6. Switzerland: $293.7 million (down -1.7%)
  7. Greece: $154.4 million (up 12.8%)
  8. Ireland: $84.7 million (up 32.1%)
  9. Poland: $83.7 million (up 67.9%)
  10. Belgium: $59.3 million (down -25.1%)
  11. United Kingdom: $58.6 million (up 8.7%)
  12. Luxembourg: $57.7 million (down -70.1%)
  13. Slovakia: $35.6 million (up 66.8%)
  14. Spain: $34.6 million (up 51.5%)
  15. Latvia: $26.8 million (up 62.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.5% of all German cheese imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cheese to Germany since 2013 were: Poland (up 67.9%), Slovakia (up 66.8%), Latvia (up 62.7%) and Spain (up 51.5%).

Five countries experienced declines in the value of their cheese supplied to German importers, namely Luxembourg (down -70.1%), Belgium (down -25.1%), Netherlands (down -11%), France (down -4.9%) and Switzerland (down -1.7%).

Overall, the value of German cheese imports declined by an average -3.6% from all supplying countries since 2013 when cheese purchases were valued at $4.4 billion.

UK

Cheese Imports into the United Kingdom

United Kingdom’s global purchases of imported cheese totaled US$2.01 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the U.K. imported the highest dollar value worth of cheese during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Ireland: US$494.5 million (down -25.5% from 2013)
  2. France: $293.8 million (down -26.9%)
  3. Italy: $255.5 million (up 8%)
  4. Germany: $219.5 million (down -13.4%)
  5. Denmark: $178.4 million (up 23.9%)
  6. Netherlands: $165.6 million (down -13.1%)
  7. Belgium: $106.8 million (down -28.4%)
  8. Cyprus: $78.3 million (up 145.3%)
  9. Greece: $67.9 million (up 25.1%)
  10. Poland: $51.2 million (up 72%)
  11. Slovakia: $32.5 million (up 12.4%)
  12. Spain: $21.8 million (up 50.3%)
  13. Austria: $15.7 million (down -24%)
  14. Switzerland: $9.5 million (up 215.8%)
  15. Czech Republic: $4.6 million (up 6,977%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.1% of all U.K. cheese imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cheese to United Kingdom since 2013 were: Czech Republic (up 6,977%), Switzerland (up 215.8%), Cyprus (up 145.3%) and Poland (up 72%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cheese supplied to U.K. importers included: Belgium (down -28.4%), France (down -26.9%), Ireland (down -25.5%) and Austria (down -24%).

Overall, the value of U.K. cheese imports declined by an average -11.1% from all supplying countries since 2013 when cheese purchases were valued at $2.3 billion.

Italy

Cheese Imports into Italy

Italy’s global purchases of imported cheese totaled US$1.96 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Italy imported the highest dollar value worth of cheese during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Germany: US$906.3 million (down -23.6% from 2013)
  2. France: $207.8 million (down -18.6%)
  3. Netherlands: $146 million (down -18.7%)
  4. Lithuania: $116.6 million (up 15.1%)
  5. Belgium: $95 million (down -38.8%)
  6. Poland: $85.9 million (down -15%)
  7. Spain: $69.7 million (down -22.8%)
  8. Switzerland: $66.5 million (down -20.7%)
  9. Czech Republic: $62.1 million (down -12.6%)
  10. Austria: $56.2 million (down -4.6%)
  11. Greece: $38.4 million (up 10.2%)
  12. Hungary: $28.7 million (up 4.4%)
  13. United Kingdom: $22.5 million (down -27.4%)
  14. Denmark: $14.4 million (down -37.1%)
  15. Slovenia: $10.9 million (up 2674.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.1% of all Italian cheese imports in 2017.

Four of these top suppliers grew their shipments of cheese to Italy since 2013 namely Slovenia (up 2,674%), Lithuania (up 15.1%), Greece (up 10.2%) and Hungary (up 4.4%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cheese supplied to Italian importers included: Belgium (down -38.8%), Denmark (down -37.1%), United Kingdom (down -27.4%) and Germany (down -23.6%).

Overall, the value of Italian cheese imports decreased by an average -19.4% from all supplying countries since 2013 when cheese purchases were valued at $2.4 billion.

France

Cheese Imports into France

France’s global purchases of imported cheese totaled US$1.7 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which France imported the highest dollar value worth of cheese during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Italy: US$528.6 million (up 17.2% from 2013)
  2. Netherlands: $356.8 million (down -4.6%)
  3. Germany: $274.6 million (down -12.1%)
  4. Belgium: $125.3 million (up 25.8%)
  5. United Kingdom: $105.5 million (down -1.9%)
  6. Spain: $86.6 million (up 56.5%)
  7. Switzerland: $55.6 million (down -7.4%)
  8. Ireland: $48.7 million (up 3.1%)
  9. Denmark: $38.7 million (down -23.1%)
  10. Greece: $27.7 million (up 52.5%)
  11. Poland: $17.7 million (up 371.5%)
  12. Luxembourg: $11.3 million (up 29%)
  13. Czech Republic: $8.6 million (down -10.2%)
  14. Austria: $8.4 million (down -36.2%)
  15. Latvia: $5.6 million (up 44.5%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.8% of all France’s cheese imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cheese to France since 2013 were: Poland (up 371.5%), Spain (up 56.5%), Greece (up 52.5%) and Latvia (up 44.5%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cheese supplied to French importers included: Austria (down -36.2%), Denmark (down -23.1%), Germany (down -12.1%) and Czech Republic (down -10.2%).

Overall, the value of France’s cheese imports increased by an average 4.3% from all supplying countries since 2013 when cheese purchases were valued at $1.7 billion.



 

Searchable List of Cheese Importer Countries

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RankImporter2017 Cheese Imports% World Total
1.GermanyUS$4.2 billion14.1%
2.United Kingdom$2.01 billion6.7%
3.Italy$1.96 billion6.6%
4.France$1.7 billion5.8%
5.Netherlands$1.42 billion4.7%
6.Belgium$1.41 billion4.7%
7.United States$1.23 billion4.1%
8.Japan$1.16 billion3.9%
9.Spain$1.15 billion3.8%
10.Russia$929 million3.1%
11.Sweden$657.2 million2.2%
12.Saudi Arabia$656.3 million2.2%
13.Australia$555 million1.9%
14.South Korea$535.8 million1.8%
15.Mexico$518.1 million1.7%
16.Greece$517.6 million1.7%
17.Austria$510.9 million1.7%
18.China$497.5 million1.7%
19.Switzerland$398.9 million1.3%
20.Czech Republic$375.3 million1.3%
21.Denmark$364.7 million1.2%
22.Poland$347.4 million1.2%
23.Finland$304 million1%
24.Luxembourg$286 million1%
25.United Arab Emirates$267.1 million0.9%
26.Ireland$253.7 million0.8%
27.Canada$253.4 million0.8%
28.Romania$246.4 million0.8%
29.Portugal$209.2 million0.7%
30.Hungary$208.2 million0.7%
31.Iraq$185.4 million0.6%
32.Slovakia$183 million0.6%
33.Chile$181.4 million0.6%
34.Kuwait$176.5 million0.6%
35.Taiwan$152.9 million0.5%
36.Lebanon$143.6 million0.5%
37.Brazil$142.6 million0.5%
38.Philippines$133.1 million0.4%
39.El Salvador$128.1 million0.4%
40.Malaysia$127 million0.4%
41.Indonesia$123.1 million0.4%
42.Algeria$111.9 million0.4%
43.Croatia$109.7 million0.4%
44.Norway$109.1 million0.4%
45.Egypt$107.4 million0.4%
46.Jordan$106.3 million0.4%
47.Slovenia$104.2 million0.3%
48.Hong Kong$102.1 million0.3%
49.Singapore$92 million0.3%
50.Morocco$87.2 million0.3%
51.Bulgaria$86.1 million0.3%
52.Thailand$75.4 million0.3%
53.Kazakhstan$72.8 million0.2%
54.Qatar$70.2 million0.2%
55.Dominican Rep$70.1 million0.2%
56.Bahrain$66.8 million0.2%
57.New Zealand$65.5 million0.2%
58.Oman$64.2 million0.2%
59.Guatemala$58.2 million0.2%
60.South Africa$57.5 million0.2%
61.Panama$56.7 million0.2%
62.Latvia$56.5 million0.2%
63.Israel$55.5 million0.2%
64.Lithuania$55.3 million0.2%
65.Libya, State of$54.2 million0.2%
66.Cyprus$53.6 million0.2%
67.Vietnam$47.5 million0.2%
68.Ukraine$47.1 million0.2%
69.Bosnia/Herzegovina$42.2 million0.1%
70.Trinidad/Tobago$41.9 million0.1%
71.Turkey$37.6 million0.1%
72.Estonia$35.6 million0.1%
73.Yemen$35.2 million0.1%
74.Malta$34 million0.1%
75.Peru$30.4 million0.1%
76.Mauritius$25.9 million0.1%
77.Jamaica$23.2 million0.1%
78.Costa Rica$22.9 million0.1%
79.Cuba$22.8 million0.1%
80.Colombia$22 million0.1%
81.Macedonia$20.6 million0.1%
82.Paraguay$20.1 million0.1%
83.Argentina$19.6 million0.1%
84.Angola$17.5 million0.1%
85.Montenegro$17.5 million0.1%
86.Belarus$17.4 million0.1%
87.Serbia$17.4 million0.1%
88.New Caledonia$17.3 million0.1%
89.Azerbaijan$17 million0.1%
90.Honduras$16.6 million0.1%
91.Moldova$14.8 million0.05%
92.French Polynesia$14.8 million0.05%
93.Tunisia$14.4 million0.05%
94.Namibia$14.4 million0.05%
95.Senegal$14.4 million0.05%
96.Sri Lanka$14.2 million0.05%
97.Barbados$13.7 million0.05%
98.Pakistan$13.3 million0.04%
99.Andorra$13 million0.04%
100.Curaçao$11.5 million0.04%
101.Bahamas$11.1 million0.04%
102.Kyrgyzstan$10.6 million0.04%
103.Georgia$9.8 million0.03%
104.Uruguay$9.4 million0.03%
105.Aruba$8.9 million0.03%
106.Palestine$8.3 million0.03%
107.Guyana$8.2 million0.03%
108.Macao$8.1 million0.03%
109.Turkmenistan$7.7 million0.03%
110.Belize$7.4 million0.02%
111.Nicaragua$7.4 million0.02%
112.India$6.6 million0.02%
113.Côte d'Ivoire$6.3 million0.02%
114.Armenia$5.9 million0.02%
115.Botswana$5.7 million0.02%
116.Fiji$5.7 million0.02%
117.Faroe Islands$5.7 million0.02%
118.Uzbekistan$5.6 million0.02%
119.Albania$5.5 million0.02%
120.Brunei Darussalam$5.4 million0.02%
121.Myanmar (Burma)$5.1 million0.02%
122.Cambodia$5 million0.02%
123.Zambia$5 million0.02%
124.Madagascar$4.9 million0.02%
125.Iceland$4.8 million0.02%
126.Mongolia$4.8 million0.02%
127.Greenland$4.8 million0.02%
128.Mozambique$4.7 million0.02%
129.Antigua/Barbuda$4.6 million0.02%
130.Haiti$4.6 million0.02%
131.Ghana$4.6 million0.02%
132.Cabo Verde$4.5 million0.02%
133.Bermuda$4.1 million0.01%
134.Saint Lucia$3.8 million0.01%
135.Suriname$3.7 million0.01%
136.Maldives$3.7 million0.01%
137.Zimbabwe$3.6 million0.01%
138.Nigeria$3.6 million0.01%
139.Congo$3.6 million0.01%
140.Gabon$3.5 million0.01%
141.Papua New Guinea$3.1 million0.01%
142.Grenada$3.1 million0.01%
143.Free Zones$3.1 million0.01%
144.Swaziland$3 million0.01%
145.Eritrea$2.9 million0.01%
146.Mali$2.9 million0.01%
147.Syria$2.6 million0.01%
148.Bolivia$2.6 million0.01%
149.Cayman Islands$2.5 million0.01%
150.Seychelles$2.4 million0.01%
151.Cameroon$2.4 million0.01%
152.Djibouti$2.4 million0.01%
153.Bhutan$2.2 million0.01%
154.St Vincent/Grenadines$2.1 million0.01%
155.Gibraltar$2 million0.01%
156.Democr. Rep. Congo$1.9 million0.01%
157.Tanzania$1.9 million0.01%
158.Iran$1.8 million0.01%
159.Bangladesh$1.8 million0.01%
160.Afghanistan$1.7 million0.01%
161.St Maarten (Dutch)$1.7 million0.01%
162.Tajikistan$1.6 million0.01%
163.Sudan$1.6 million0.01%
164.Burkina Faso$1.5 million0.01%
165.Nepal$1.5 million0.005%
166.Saint Kitts/Nevis$1.4 million0.005%
167.Sierra Leone$1.3 million0.004%
168.Lesotho$1.3 million0.004%
169.Samoa$1.3 million0.004%
170.Equatorial Guinea$1.1 million0.004%
171.Dominica$1.1 million0.004%
172.Togo$1.1 million0.004%
173.Malawi$1 million0.003%
174.British Virgin Islands$1 million0.003%
175.Ethiopia$938,0000.003%
176.Benin$837,0000.003%
177.Kenya$805,0000.003%
178.Guinea$797,0000.003%
179.Niger$792,0000.003%
180.Cook Islands$782,0000.003%
181.Sao Tome/Principe$782,0000.003%
182.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$680,0000.002%
183.Vanuatu$664,0000.002%
184.St. Pierre/Miquelon$634,0000.002%
185.Liberia$607,0000.002%
186.Turks/Caicos Is$531,0000.002%
187.Central African Republic$489,0000.002%
188.Uganda$483,0000.002%
189.Timor-Leste$476,0000.002%
190.Venezuela$476,0000.002%
191.Ecuador$469,0000.002%
192.Chad$463,0000.002%
193.Laos$427,0000.001%
194.Tonga$377,0000.001%
195.Gambia$326,0000.001%
196.Solomon Islands$267,0000.001%
197.Mauritania$231,0000.001%
198.Norfolk Island$195,0000.001%
199.Somalia$192,0000.001%
200.Rwanda$184,0000.001%
201.Guinea-Bissau$179,0000.001%
202.Wallis/Futuna Islands$168,0000.001%
203.Saint Helena$154,0000.001%
204.Anguilla$119,0000.0004%
205.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$113,0000.0004%
206.South Sudan$100,0000.0003%
207.Montserrat$69,0000.0002%
208.Micronesia$68,0000.0002%
209.Northern Mariana Is$62,0000.0002%
210.Nauru$58,0000.0002%
211.US Minor Outlying Is$46,0000.0002%
212.Niue$41,0000.0001%
213.Comoros$33,0000.0001%
214.Marshall Islands$25,0000.0001%
215.North Korea$22,0000.0001%
216.Palau$16,0000.0001%
217.French S./Antarctic Terr$12,0000.00004%
218.Burundi$12,0000.00004%
219.Kiribati$4,0000.00001%
220.Tuvalu$1,0000.000003%


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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on July 11, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on July 11, 2018

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on July 11, 2018