U.S. dairy product exports grew by 8 percent to reach $5.9 billion in 2019 despite a turbulent year marked by trade policy issues and the impact of ASF which reduced export demand for U.S. shipments of whey products and lactose. This was the third year in a row that the value of U.S. dairy product exports expanded, registering an average annual growth rate of 8 percent. Mexico, Canada, and China are the top three markets, accounting for about 44 percent of sales. Southeast Asia remains a critical region for growth, with the value of dairy shipments up an impressive 22 percent over 2018. Exports to South America also grew at an impressive pace with exports to this region rising by 34 percent.