The latest government data on exports for October shows continued strong demand overseas for U.S. ethanol.
According to the data, exports of denatured and undenatured ethanol which are not eligible for VEETC totaled 121.4 million gallons. That is just short of the record 127.4 million gallons of exports set in July 2011.
On the Renewable Fuels Association E-xchange Blog, RFA’s Vice President for Research and Analysis Geoff Cooper notes that Brazil continues to be the leading destination for U.S. exports, receiving a total of 50 million gallons in October. Canada and the EU continued to be other top export markets. Through the first 10 months of 2011, U.S. exports stood at 867.9 mg, more than double the 2010 export total. The U.S. is on pace to export more than 1 billion gallons in the calendar year.
Meanwhile, the U.S. imported 13.1 mg of ethanol for fuel use from Brazil in October, presumably for compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) advanced biofuel requirement and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Imports of sugarcane ethanol from Brazil have picked up significantly in recent months at the same time U.S. exports of corn ethanol to Brazil have grown.
Cooper says that this “shuffling effect” will be the subject of an extensive analysis and blog post he is preparing for this week.