U.S. ethanol exports on pace to shatter record

Source: By Helena Tavares Kennedy, Biofuels Digest • Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2018

In Washington, D.C., government data released on Friday shows that U.S. ethanol exports through June stood at 927.7 million gallons (mg), up 33 percent from the first half of 2017 and on pace to shatter last year’s record of 1.38 billion gallons (bg). According to the Renewable Fuels Association, robust export markets are more important now than ever before, as actions by the Environmental Protection Agency are undermining domestic ethanol demand.

At the halfway point for 2018, Brazil had been the leading market for U.S. ethanol exports, receiving 345.9 mg—or about 37 percent of total shipments. Exports to Brazil in the first half of 2018 were up 28 percent over the same period in 2017.

Canada has been the second-leading export market, with 159.5 mg of U.S. ethanol flowing north of the border in the first six months of the year. That’s up 8 percent from the same period a year ago.