Brazil Tariff Decision ‘Devastating’ For US Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Brazil’s decision to impose a 20 percent tariff on all U.S. ethanol imports is devastating for the U.S. ethanol industry, according to organizations that work to promote ethanol exports. The leadership of the Renewable Fuels Association, U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, and the National Corn Growers Association say the action jeopardizes the future of cooperation and coordination between the U.S …

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RFA Urges Tariffs on Brazil Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

While Brazil is still abiding by the 90 day extension of the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for ethanol announced last month, talks with the United States to eliminate the tariff stalled last week and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is asking President Trump to take action. In a letter to the president, RFA called on President Trump to move forward in …

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Brazil and US Agree to Extend Quota for 90 Days

Cindy Zimmerman

Trade representatives from Brazil and the United States have agreed to a 90 day extension of the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for ethanol as both sides continue to discuss ways they can improve market access to “achieve reciprocal and proportional outcomes that generate trade and open markets to the benefit of both countries.” According to a joint statement released by the …

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U.S. Ethanol Exports to Brazil Already Falling

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite no official announcement, technically once the August 31 deadline passed, all U.S. ethanol shipped to Brazil became subject to a 20 percent tariff. However, U.S. exports to Brazil have already been declining this year, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The latest government data shows U.S. ethanol exports down to 74 million gallons in July, a decrease of …

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Lawmakers Urge USTR to Prioritize Brazil Ethanol Tariffs

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. Representatives Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Adrian Smith (NE-03) spearheaded a bipartisan letter urging U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to prioritize Brazilian trade barriers to U.S. ethanol during ongoing US-Brazil trade negotiations. Reps. LaHood and Smith both serve on the House Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. LaHood is co-chair of the U.S.-Brazil Caucus. The letter calls for a …

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President Considering Reciprocal Tariffs on Brazil Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

President Donald Trump was asked about efforts to lower or eliminate Brazil’s tariffs on U.S. ethanol during a press conference this week. “I think that as far as Brazil is concerned, if they do tariffs, we have to have an equalization of tariffs,” President Trump responded. “It’s called reciprocal tariffs and you may be seeing something on that very soon.” …

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US Ethanol Exporters and Brazil Importers Oppose TRQ

Cindy Zimmerman

Exporters of U.S. ethanol and Brazilian importers of the same are united in opposition to the Brazilian government action amending the recent August 31st rule that raised the tariff rate quota (TRQ) on U.S. ethanol imports from 600 million to nearly 750 million liters per year. The TRQ regulates the threshold of ethanol that can be imported into Brazil without …

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U.S. Ethanol Groups Unimpressed by Brazil’s Action

Cindy Zimmerman

Brazil will allow another 150 million liters of U.S. ethanol imports into the country each year before charging a 20% import tariff, increasing the tariff rate quota (TRQ) to 750 million from 600 million liters per year, but U.S. trade and ethanol organizations are unimpressed. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper says maintaining any protectionist trade barrier represents …

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BP and Bunge Grow Biofuels Business in Brazil

Cindy Zimmerman

BP and Bunge have formed a 50:50 joint venture to create a world-scale producer of sugarcane ethanol in Brazil, BP Bunge Bioenergia. BP will combine its Brazilian biofuels and biopower businesses with that of Bunge and BP’s interest in the new venture will grow its existing biofuels business by more than 50 percent. Brazil is the world’s second largest and …

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RFA Comments on Brazil RenovaBio Program

Cindy Zimmerman

Since Brazil’s new RenovaBio program will likely cause significant growth in the country’s biofuels consumption, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) wants to make sure their methodology for estimating carbon intensity correctly reflects the emissions impacts of corn ethanol. Under RenovaBio, which was approved in late December 2017, the average carbon intensity (CI) of gasoline must be reduced by 10.1% by …

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