The value of U.S. dairy exports rose 48 percent over the same month last year to $582.9 million in September, USDA trade data show. Through the first three quarters of 2013, U.S. export value grew 26 percent to $4.92 billion. Most products registered sizable volume gains over September 2012, although volume and value were the lowest since March, and September export volume declined about 7 percent from August 2013, according to the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC).
Compared to the previous September, SMP volume increased 36 percent to 45,618 tons, cheese rose 40 percent to 25,783 tons and butterfat exports grew nearly seven-fold to 11,273 tons, the largest monthly volume in five years, USDEC officials say. Whey continued a trend begun in June in which sweet whey and WPI posted gains (+31 percent and +68 percent, respectively) and WPC volumes declined (-21 percent). Total U.S. whey exports fell 1 percent to 38,484 tons in September.