Over the last decade or so, the United States has become a major dairy exporter of dried milk, cheese and dried whey. The U.S. Dairy Export Council reports that the value of U.S. dairy exports reached record levels in 2012 topping $5.2 billion, a gain of 8% over the previous year.
Historically, the United States was a net importer of cheese, but in the last few years we have become a net cheese exporter. Key markets for U.S. cheese include Mexico, Asia (South Korea and Japan), the Middle East/North Africa and Canada.