Milk: Imports

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 17th March 2010.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many litres of milk a day were imported on average in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Farming and the Environment)

holding answer 15 March 2010

Imports of liquid milk are shown in the tables.

Liquid milk is imported into the UK in two forms, as raw milk for processing by dairies (table 1), or as liquid drinking milk (e.g. pasteurised or UHT milk) (table 2).

Raw milk is only traded across the Irish border; imports come from the Republic of Ireland for processing by dairies in Northern Ireland.

Table 1: UK imports of raw milk for processing, 2005 to 2009 (all imports across the Irish border)
Imported per year (1,000 litres) Average imported per day (1,000 litres)( 1)
2005 45,589 125
2006 33,278 91
2007 57,109 156
2008 48,516 133
2009 82,774 227
(1) Figures are rounded to the nearest 1,000 litres.

Source:

DARDNI

Table 2: UK imports of liquid drinking milk, 2005 to 2009( 1)
Imported per year (1,000 litres) Average imported per day (1,000 litres)( 2)
2005 47,066 129
2006 84,406 231
2007 87,668 240
2008 134,068 366
2009(1) 89,420 245
(1) 2009 data is subject to amendments.

(2) Figures are rounded to the nearest 1,000 litres.

Source:

H M Revenue and Customs

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Mike Everett
Posted on 18 Mar 2010 1:17 pm (Report this annotation)

Useful supplementary questions would be

a) how much milk is exported from the UK

b) is the UK a net exporter or importer of milk and milk products?