South Africa lactose export quantities

In 2019 South Africa exported 897,564 tonnes of lactose. Across 2019 alone, the interest in South Africa lactose (processed category) has increased, with a change of 0.97536939 percent compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, lactose's exports increased by 6.66 pc earning the exporter US$1.26m for the year 2019. South Africa's lactose exports are categorised as:

  • Lactose in solid form and lactose syrup, not containing added flavouring or colouring matter, containing by weight >= 99% lactose, expressed as anhydrous lactose, calculated on the dry matter (HS code 170211)
  • Lactose in solid form and lactose syrup, not containing added flavouring or colouring matter, containing by weight < 99% lactose, expressed as anhydrous lactose, calculated on the dry matter (HS code 170219)

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South Africa lactose export values

In 2019, South Africa supplied lactose with a value of 1.26m USD, a drop of -46.22% from 2018's total lactose export of 2.343m USD. The yearly reduction in value of South Africa lactose between 2017 to 2018 was 34.423 per cent.

The annual/yearly variation in the volume of South Africa's lactose exports between 2017 and 2019 was 6.66 percent in comparison to a variation of 0.97536939% in the period between 2018 and 2019.

South Africa's portion of the world's total lactose's exports in 2019 was less than 1%. The country is ranked number 52 in world exports of lactose.

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

South Africa's leading destinations for lactose are Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland (Eswatini) and Zambia.

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Import/Export Trends

South Africa is a net importer of lactose. The annual growth of South Africa lactose in value between 2015 to 2019 was -55%, per annum, while annual growth in quantity through the same period was -60%, per annum.

South Africa ordered 18,267 tonnes of lactose in 2019.