Top Milk Exporting Countries

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Milk exports worth billions

Global sales from all milk exporting countries totaled US$7.2 billion during 2015. Overall, the value of milk exports were down by an average -18.1% for all exporting countries since 2011 when milk shipments were valued at $8.8 billion.

Year over year, the value of milk exports dropped -25.3% from 2014 to 2015.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 0401 for non-concentrated and unsweetened milk and cream.

World’s Top Milk Exporting Countries

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of milk during 2015. The listed exporters shipped 78.4% of total milk exports.

  1. Germany: US$1.3 billion (17.4% of total milk exports)
  2. France: $709.7 million (9.8%)
  3. Belgium: $625.4 million (8.6%)
  4. Netherlands: $496.3 million (6.8%)
  5. Austria: $348.4 million (4.8%)
  6. Czech Republic: $316.4 million (4.4%)
  7. United Kingdom: $295.4 million (4.1%)
  8. Poland: $285.3 million (3.9%)
  9. Spain: $229.5 million (3.2%)
  10. New Zealand: $216.2 million (3%)
  11. Saudi Arabia: $212.8 million (2.9%)
  12. Denmark: $190.4 million (2.6%)
  13. Belarus: $187.8 million (2.6%)
  14. Australia: $163.6 million (2.3%)
  15. Hungary: $140.3 million (1.9%)

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing milk exporters since 2011 were: Australia (up 48.7%), Belarus (up 39.5%), New Zealand (up 29.4%) and Saudi Arabia (up 12.7%).

Overall, the value of milk exports were up by an average 30.2% for all milk exporting countries from 2010 to 2014.

Those countries that posted declines in their exported milk sales were led by: United Kingdom (down -37.9%), Netherlands (down -31.7%), Germany (down -28.5%) and France (down -28.2%).

The listed 15 countries shipped 78.9% of all milk exports in 2015.

For more details, please see our virtual information folder tabs below presenting major milk-exporting nations by continent.

Europe

Leading European Milk Exporters

Europe sold $6 billion worth of milk in global trade during 2015. Top European milk-shipping countries in 2015 include:

  1. Germany: US$1.3 billion
  2. France: $709.7 million
  3. Belgium: $625.4 million
  4. Netherlands: $496.3 million
  5. Austria: $348.4 million
  6. Czech Republic: $316.4 million
  7. United Kingdom: $295.4 million
  8. Poland: $285.3 million
  9. Spain: $229.5 million
  10. Denmark: $190.4 million

Asia

Leading Asian Milk Exporters

Asia sold $496.2 million worth of milk in global trade during 2015. Top Asian milk-shipping countries in 2015 include:

  1. Thailand: US$33.1 million
  2. China: $24.2 million
  3. South Korea: $17.9 million
  4. Hong Kong: $15.8 million
  5. Indonesia: $10.5 million
  6. Japan: $8.5 million
  7. Singapore: $6.8 million
  8. Malaysia: $4.7 million
  9. India: $4 million
  10. Vietnam: $1.7 million

Oceania

Leading Oceanian Milk Exporters

Oceania sold $379.8 million worth of milk in global trade during 2015. Top Oceanian milk-shipping countries in 2015 are:

  1. New Zealand: US$216.2 million
  2. Australia: $163.6 million
  3. Fiji: $52,000
  4. New Caledonia: $3,000
  5. Samoa: $3,000

Mideast

Leading Middle Eastern Milk Exporters

Middle East sold $344.8 million worth of milk in global trade during 2015. Top Middle Eastern milk-shipping countries in 2015 include:

  1. Saudi Arabia: US$212.8 million
  2. Kuwait: $82.1 million
  3. United Arab Emirates: $38.6 million
  4. Oman: $6.8 million
  5. Bahrain: $1.8 million
  6. Yemen: $995,000
  7. Jordan: $800,000
  8. Iran: $514,000
  9. Egypt: $240,000
  10. Palestine: $196,000


 

North America

Leading North American Milk Exporters

North America sold $104 million worth of milk in global trade during 2015. Top North American milk-shipping countries in 2015 are:

  1. United States: US$89.5 million
  2. Mexico: $11 million
  3. Canada: $3.5 million

Africa

Leading African Milk Exporters

Africa sold $74.6 million worth of milk in global trade during 2015. Top African milk-shipping countries in 2015 include:

  1. South Africa: US$60.5 million
  2. Uganda: $11.4 million
  3. Kenya: $852,000
  4. Lesotho: $406,000
  5. Côte d’Ivoire: $283,000
  6. Zimbabwe: $281,000
  7. Egypt: $240,000
  8. Mauritius: $234,000
  9. Zambia: $172,000
  10. Rwanda: $57,000

Latin/Caribbean

Leading Latin American and Caribbean Milk Exporters

Latin America and Caribbean sold $164.4 million worth of milk in global trade during 2015. Top Latin American milk-shipping countries exclude Mexico (for the purposes of this analysis) but include:

  1. Nicaragua: US$52.6 million
  2. Costa Rica: $46.4 million
  3. Uruguay: $18.3 million
  4. Brazil: $13 million
  5. Honduras: $7.6 million
  6. Bolivia: $6.5 million
  7. Ecuador: $2.9 million
  8. Argentina: $1.8 million
  9. Chile: $1.1 million
  10. Peru: $786,000



See also Highest Value German Export Products and Germany’s Top Import Partners

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 1, 2016

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 1, 2016