South Africa cheese export quantities

In 2019 South Africa shipped 5,061,481 tonnes of cheese. Across 2019 alone, the market for South Africa cheese (processed category) has shrunk, flactuating by -27.4 pc compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, cheese's exports decreased by -26.36 pc netting the exporter US$39.05m for the year 2019. South Africa's cheese exports are categorised as:

  • Grated or powdered cheese, of all kinds (HS code 040620)
  • Blue-veined cheese and other cheese containing veins produced by "Penicillium roqueforti" (HS code 040640)
  • Processed cheese, not grated or powdered (HS code 040630)
  • Cheese (excluding fresh cheese, incl. whey cheese, curd, processed cheese, blue-veined cheese and other cheese containing veins produced by "Penicillium roqueforti", and grated or powdered cheese) (HS code 040690)
  • Fresh cheese "unripened or uncured cheese", incl. whey cheese, and curd (HS code 040610)


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South Africa cheese export values

In 2019, South Africa exported cheese with a value of 39.05m USD, a contraction of -6.29% from 2018's total cheese export of 41.669m USD. The yearly change in value of South Africa cheese between 2017 to 2018 was 3.389 pc.

The yearly change in the amount of South Africa's cheese exports between 2017 and 2019 was -26.36 pc when compared to a variation of -27.4% in the growth rate between 2018 and 2019.

South Africa's share of the world's total cheese's exports in 2019 was 2.3 per cent. The country is ranked number 16 in world exports of cheese.


Export markets for South Africa cheese ( in '000$ )

South Africa's top export markets for cheese are Mozambique, Swaziland (Eswatini), Namibia, Botswana and Zambia.


Import/Export Trends

South Africa is a net exporter of cheese. The annual growth of South Africa cheese in value between 2015 to 2019 was 23%, per annum, while annual growth in quantity was -4%, per annum.

South Africa brought in 9,715 tonnes of cheese in 2019.