The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) is a non-profit, independent membership organization that represents the global trade interests of U.S. dairy producers, proprietary processors and cooperatives, ingredient suppliers and export traders.

Founded in 1995, USDEC's mission is to enrich the well-being of people, communities, and the planet through its role as the leading U.S. dairy export success accelerator. USDEC neither produces nor sells any dairy products but represents the companies which do. 

USDEC is supported by staff across the United States and overseas in Mexico, South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. USDEC, together with its network of international representatives, works with global buyers and end-users to accelerate customer purchasing and innovation success with quality U.S. dairy products and ingredients. USDEC also shares recipe ideas and science-based information on the health and nutritional benefits of U.S. dairy to health professionals and consumers to expand global demand and consumption of delicious, nutritious and sustainably produced products and menus made with U.S. dairy products and ingredients. 

Dairy Management Inc., the farmer-funded marketing, promotion and research organization, is USDEC's primary funder through the dairy checkoff program. The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service provides export market development support, and membership dues fund the Council's trade policy initiatives.